No strenuous activity for 48 hours.
Resume moderate activity after 48 hours.
No aspirin or other over the counter products that contain aspirin and other blood thinners for 48 hours. Take Tylenol or aspirin free pain relievers as needed for discomfort.
No heavy exercising for 2 weeks.
No alcoholic beverages for 48 hours
Continue taking all prescribed medication.
Remove bandage in 24 hours
Clean area with tap water.
Dry the wound.
Apply Vaseline ointment to the wound.
Cover the wound with a fresh bandage.
Note: Covered wounds heal faster and with a better cosmetic result.
Keep the bandage dry. Wash around it carefully.
If the tape becomes soiled or starts to come off, reinforce it with additional paper tape.
Do not smoke for 3 weeks; smoking is detrimental to wound healing.
It is normal to have swelling and bruising around the surgical site. The bruising will fade in approximately 10-14 days. Elevate the area to reduce swelling.
Numbness, itchiness and sensitivity to temperature changes can occur after surgery and may take up to 18 months to normalize.
Bleeding - If this occurs do the following:
Leave the bandage in place.
Use rolled up gauze or a clean cloth to apply direct pressure over the bandage for 20 minutes straight.
Reapply pressure for an additional 20 minutes if necessary.
Call the office or go to the nearest emergency room if pressure fails to stop the bleeding.
Use additional gauze and tape to reinforce the bandage once the bleeding has stopped.
Post operative pain should slowly get better, never worse.
A severe increase in pain may indicate a problem. Call the office if this occurs