INTACT DRESSINGS

What should I do right after surgery?

Leave the pressure dressing in place until your next appointment. Keep the dressing dry.

If you have an additional wrap in place you may remove it as instructed.

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 stitches 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.

Is there anything I should look for?

If the dressing becomes loose, reinforce it with tape. If you are unable to reinforce the dressing, leave it in place and call our office.

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, a lump underneath the stitches, 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 biopsy site, or if you have any questions or concerns, please call the office at the number listed above. There is always a physician available after hours who can be reached by calling 1-800-749-7424.


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