Home Care after Surgery
- Keep wound clean and dry for the first 48 hours after surgery unless covered with skin glue – if so, you can shower normally. After the first 48 hours, if there is no glue on the wound, then wash the wound carefully with soap and water or peroxide twice a day and coat with an antibiotic ointment.
- Your wound will become firm 2-3 weeks after surgery and will feel like a lump or knot. This is normal wound healing and contraction process. The wound will soften 8-12 weeks after surgery.
- If your wound becomes too painful, bleeds or swells excessively, call our office.
- Do not sunburn the scar for at least 6 months or the scar may remain pink indefinitely.
- Please resume all of your normal medications at home. Pain medication will sometimes cause nausea. If you find you are too nauseated to eat or drink normally, take your medicine with meals, cut the tablets to half the dose, or switch to plain Tylenol. If you are still nauseated, then call our office and speak with the nurse.
As always, if you should have any questions or concerns, please contact our office.