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Immersion with steristrips

3 January, 2011

Question:

Is there any leniency at all about immersing with steristrips on? A student of mine has had back surgery, and she has just been waiting and waiting to go to the mikvah. She got her period four days after the operation.

I'm pessimistic here because she isn't allowed to remove the steristrips; they have to come off on their own.

Any constructive suggestions? Many, many thanks.


Answer:

Usually, the purpose of steristrips is to help keep a laceration together. After the incision has healed sufficiently (usually in the range of ten days), the steristrips no longer have much of a function to perform.

We suggest that your student consult her physicians about the possibility of removing the steristrips by gentle soaking in water (or other ideas they may have) and then get back to us (or you and a local halachic authority) with that information.  Our sister site, www.jewishwomenshealth.org , has printable articles suited for physicians if she'd like to provide hers with some context and is also now available as an app. The most relevant article is Medical Devices as Barriers to Mikveh Immersion.


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