What should I do right after surgery?

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.

Do not take aspirin or aspirin-containing products for seven days after surgery unless prescribed by your doctor. Avoid alcohol consumption.

Elevate the area where the surgery was performed as much as possible.

No heavy lifting, bending over, or vigorous exercising that might put the area under additional stress and interfere with proper healing for the next 7 days.

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.

Remember to return to the clinic when scheduled so the sutures can be removed.

How do I change the dressing?

Our dressing should remain in place for 48 hours.

After 48 hours, clean the wound twice daily either when you shower with soap and water or use 1/2 strength peroxide.

With a clean applicator, spread a generous layer of polysporin ointment inside the wound.

Cover wound with loose bandage using a Band-Aid or Telfa (nonstick pad) and paper tape. You may have some drainage from the wound. This is normal, but if drainage becomes yellow, green or foul smelling, notify our office.

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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