Lesion Removal Surgery Post-Operative Instruction Sheet
Please read these instructions carefully. Sometimes the after effects of surgery are quite minimal, so not all of these instructions may apply to all patients.
Do not disturb the surgical area today.
Unfortunately, most surgery is accompanied by some degree of discomfort. You may have a prescription for pain medication or be instructed to use over-the-counter analgesics. We suggest the first dose be taken before the anesthetic has worn off to manage the discomfort better. Please remember to have a small amount of food in your stomach before taking the medication. Effects of pain medicines vary widely among individuals. If you do not achieve adequate relief, you may supplement each pill with an analgesic such as Tylenol.
Nausea is not an uncommon event after surgery, and it is sometimes caused by stronger pain medicines. Preceding each pain pill with a small amount of soft food, then taking the pill with a drink of water may reduce nausea. Try to keep taking, clean, non-carbonated fluids and minimize the pain medication. Call us if you do not feel better or if repeated vomiting is a problem.
Continue normal cleansing hygiene during your recovery period. Be sure to gently dab the surgical site when drying. If the surgery site is on the face, discontinue any glycolic acid skincare products until the site is completely healed. If any scabbing or bleeding occurs, you may cleanse the site with hydrogen peroxide and then apply Neosporin antibiotic ointment to the area.
If a biopsy was performed, we will need to see you for a follow-up visit in approximately 10 days. If the results from the biopsy are received before this time, we will call and inform you of these results. If a follow-up appointment is not scheduled the day of your procedure, please call back to schedule this appointment. If sutures are placed, it may be necessary to schedule a follow-up appointment to remove these sutures prior to the 10-day appointment.