Post Surgical Wound Care

POST SURGICAL WOUND CARE

  1. Keep the wound dry for 12-24 hours (leave bandage on until next morning).
  2. Gently cleanse wound daily using Q-tips moistened with salt water (to make normal saline boil 1 cup water + ½ tsp. salt). The salt water should soften, loosen and remove all the dried blood and other debris from the wound.
  3. Gently apply a small amount of topical antibiotic OINTMENT (Polysporin) or Vaseline Petroleum Jelly to the wound with a Q-tip. This must be done twice daily until 2-3 days after the stitches are removed and if no stitches were used to close the wound, apply twice daily for 2 weeks. We do not recommend Neosporin because of high risk of allergic reaction.
  4. The wound will heal well if it is left covered only with ointment. However, if you wish to cover the wound for cosmetic reasons you may use a standard Band-Aid or small TELFA pad with PAPER TAPE.
  5. Call if significant pain or redness occurs.
  • Please follow-up in 2 weeks for biopsy results and treatment planning.
  • You will be contacted with your biopsy result only if there is an abnormality. If you would like to know your biopsy result please wait 2 weeks before contacting our office.

YOU WILL HAVE YOUR STITCH REMOVAL IN THE SPECIFIED NUMBER OF DAYS.