After Procedure Care

Freezing/Cryosurgery

These areas will become red and slightly swollen/blistered for the first few days and then followed by a scab.  Healing may take 1 to 4 weeks.  The lower legs take longer to heal especially in the older age group.  Keep treated areas clean with normal washing with soap and water.  If a large blister develops, pop with a sterile needle at the base of the blister and cover with a band-aid.

Shave Biopsy Wound Care

  1. Keep the wound dry on the day of the procedure.
  2. Clean the area with soap and water, removing scab and crust with a Qtip.
  3. Keep the wound moist with ointment such as Vaseline or bacitracin and apply a band-aid.
  4. Repeat this everyday until healed in approximately 2 weeks.  (lower legs or a large biopsy may take longer to heal)
  5. Biopsies on the leg take longer to heal especially in the older population and can take up to 4 or more weeks to heal completely.

Punch Biopsy Wound Care with stitches

  1. Keep the wound dry for 24 hours after the procedure.
  2. The next day you may remove the top dressing and gauze, leaving a small tape strip.
  3. You can bathe normally over top of the tape strip.  You can reapply a bandaid over the tape strip if you would like to.
  4. If the tape falls off, just replace this with a band-aid.  The wound should be covered either with the tape strip or Band-Aid or both.
  5. Sutures will be removed at the office.
  6. Call the office if pus, swelling or excessive redness or pain occur.  A small amount of redness is expected.

Surgery/Excision Wound Care

  1. Keep the wound dry for 24 hours after the procedure, leaving on the dressing from the office.
  2. The next day you may remove the top dressing and gauze, leaving a small tape strip.
  3. You can bathe normally over top of the tape strip.  You can reapply a bandage over the strip if you would like to.
  4. If the tape falls off, just replace this with a bandage.  The wound should be covered either with the tape strip or Band-Aid or both.
  5. Sutures will be removed at the office.
  6. Call the office if pus, swelling or excessive redness or pain occur.  A small amount of redness is expected.
  7. To minimize swelling keep the areas elevated and use ice for the first few days after the procedure.
  8. Avoid heavy lifting or strenuous activity
  9. DO NOT TAKE ANY ASPIRIN OR IBUPROFEN, OR ANY MEDICATION CONTAINING IBUPROFEN FOR ONE DAY.  TYLENOL IS OK.
  10. If the wound bleeds, apply firm direct pressure for at least 10 minutes.  If it continues call the office at 912-354-7124

 

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