WOUND CARE INSTRUCTIONS
POST OPERATIVE & BIOPSY CARE (WOUND CARE)
The importance of post-operative care to your surgical or biopsy site cannot be overstated. The care you take of yourself and your wound is extremely important to the success of the procedure and to your recovery and wellbeing.
There are several things that could happen following surgery:
1. Bleeding-This can occur following a biopsy or surgery. To reduce the possibility of bleeding, you should limit your activities for 24 hours and keep the operative site elevated. Apply firm constant pressure on the bandage for 20 minutes if bleeding occurs.
2. Swelling-This can occur as the body responds to a biopsy or surgical injury. To reduce the amount of swelling that may occur apply an ice bag for 15 minutes every hour until the swelling subsides.
3. Pain-Usually the pain is very little and does not require narcotics. We recommend Extra Strength Tylenol or Acetaminophen to relieve any pain you might have. You should not take Aspirin or any medication with Aspirin in it, this will increase your risk of bleeding.
4. Infection- Infection seldom occurs when the wound care instructions have been carefully followed. Signs of infection include; Increased pain, redness, or yellowish drainage that continues to progress for several days after surgery. Please call us at our office if you have these symptoms. You'll find our phone numbers here.
WOUND CARE INSTRUCTIONS
Perform the following twice a day.
Wash your hands with soap and water.
Wash wound with hydrogen peroxide and water mixed half and half with a Q-tip or cotton ball (make sure you remove any crust from the wound.)
Apply a thin layer of polysporin or plain Vaseline to the wound. We recommend polysporin as it has a lower incidence of allergic reactions compared to Neosporin.
Cover wound with a clean, dry dressing.
Repeat this until the wound is healed or until the stitches are removed.
Do NOT shave over stitches.
Do not lift, pull, or push anything over 15-20 lbs. until stitches are removed.
Leave the bandage we apply on the day of your procedure. Keep the wound dry for the first 24/48 hours. You may shower and start wound care after 24/48 hours. No baths, swimming, or hot tubs until stitches are out or wound is healed.
If an emergency arises, please go to your nearest emergency room for evaluation and care. In the event of an emergency room visit, please call the office on Monday morning for a follow-up appointment.