For those without a rubber drain, a clean scarf or large handkerchief over a thyroidectomy wound can be placed or recommended as early as the first day postop.
Patient can wet wound first day postop. She can take a full bath. The wound is cleaned with bath soap and water. Instead of gauze and tape (which can cause allergy and irritation), use a clean scarf instead to cover the wound. The wound can be left open. What is important is just to maintain it clean. Comfortable, no skin irritation, no increased risk for infection.