Talk to your doctor about this beforehand! Keeping it clean is an issue I think. My mom had the surgery and was very worried because our music teacher growing up passed away after his (my mom said because he couldn't keep the area clean). I don't know if it is a wive's tale. I can't imagine they would even do the surgery if that was the case. My mom was fine. Just had to use wipes and sit on that donut thing.