BIOPSY WOUND CARE
Keep band aid on wound for 24 hours if possible, then remove and keep clean daily with soap and water. Apply Polysporin (Double Antibiotic) ointment or Vaseline (petrolatum) twice daily. Keeping a band aid on thereafter is helpful, but not absolutely necessary.
POSTOPERATIVE WOUND CARE
IF YOU ARE TAKING A BLOOD THINNER OR ASPIRIN continue taking this medicine as directed by the prescribing physician.
Leave the pressure bandage on the wound for at least 24 hours or longer if instructed. After removing the bandage, gently cleanse wound daily with soap and water. Apply Polysporin ointment, Double Antibiotic ointment, or Vaseline twice daily. AVOID Neosporin and Triple Antibiotic ointments as allergic reactions are common.
Avoid all strenuous activities and exercise until sutures (stitches) are removed.
Do not use anything containing aspirin or aspirin-containing products, ibuprofen or alcohol for discomfort. For discomfort you may take Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Extra-Strength Tylenol according to the instructions on the bottle.
If bleeding occurs, do not remove the bandage. Apply continuous firm pressure with cloth or gauze for 15-20 minutes. If the bleeding persists, repeat the pressure for an additional 20 minutes. If bleeding continues after this, you should notify us.
Some soreness and redness is expected. If the area becomes very sore, red, firm or hot to touch, or if you should develop a fever, please notify us. It is possible the area may be infected.
BRUISING & SWELLING
There may be a bruise near or below the site. This is normal and could last up to a week. Swelling is also normal. It usually increases for 24-48 hours and then begins to improve. Please call us if the swelling reappears or worsens.