CURETTAGE

What is curettage?

Curettage is a procedure in which a cancerous, precancerous, or cosmetically undesirable part of the skin is removed by scraping down to the normal skin beneath it with a sharp instrument. Then, to stop bleeding, the surface of the wound is usually either lightly carterized or coated with a chemical.

How do I care for the curette wound?

Allow any pressure dressing applied by your physician to remain in place for 24 hours.

If there is any bleeding, apply firm, CONTINUOUS pressure to the area for 20 minutes. If this does not stop the bleeding, call the office or report to an emergency room.

Clean the wound gently every day, using half-strength vinegar or soap and water, and pat dry, being careful not to soak the wound.

Apply Polysporin ointment to the wound and then cover it with a Band-Aid, once a day until the area heals. Keeping the wound moist can prevent the formation of a scab and reduce the risk of scarring. You may have to rotate the Band-Aids to avoid irritation.

Remember that full maturation of the wound usually takes three to six months, and that the initial pink color of the wound will ultimately turn white.

Is there anything I should look for?

Observe the wound every day for extreme tenderness or redness, which would suggest infection, and notify us if either of these should develop.

You should also notify us immediately if you notice any strong odor, pus coming from the wound, red streaks, elevated temperature, pain not relieved by Tylenol, or if you develop a fever or chills.

If you are worried by the appearance of the site, or if you have any questions or concerns, please call the office.


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