Guess I am the outlier here
I had surgical staples which were removed 10 days later by family doctor.
Had home care nurse to check things twice at home, BUTT did my own bandage changes in between
BUTT there was a closed surgery site .. NOT an open wound which required packing.
They knew I was a vet, so I could handle the "duties" !
AS a vet, I have done hundreds of GIT surgeries and with animals, we pretty much need to ...
"get in, get done and get OUT !" and the skin closures are pretty much always sutured or stapled closed.
just FYI !
Best wishes for your Mom