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General Wound Care

For After General Procedures

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Dr. Stadler’s Wound Care Instructions

You should use an ice pack to help manage swelling and pain (5x a day for ten minutes at a time for two days)

  • After 24 hours, remove pressure bandage but DO NOT REMOVE the steri-strips
  • It is ok to shower after 24 hours
  • Apply non-stick pad, gauze and bandage with tape
  • Repeat daily for 3 days after showering
  • Try not to do any activity that “pulls” on the stitches
  • Steri strips usually fall within two weeks, if still on after two weeks, you can remove them
  • If dissolving stitches were used, they should start to break apart within two to four weeks after surgery

Cryotherapy (Freezing) Wound Care

  • Apply vaseline twice a day to sites that were frozen
  • If a blister forms, please do not pop, just apply Vaseline until resolved
  • Keep treated areas out of the sun

Skin Surgery With Stitches Wound Care

  • Leave the bandage in place for 24 hours unless instructed by your doctor and keep this bandage dry
  • Remove the bandage after 24 hours and gently wash the stitches with mild soap and water, gently remove any scab that has formed on the stitches
  • Pat the stitches dry with a clean towel
  • Use a Q-tip to apply Vaseline to the stitches
  • Cover with a bandaid
  • Repeat daily until the stitches are removed

Biopsy Site Care

  • Leave the bandaid in place until the morning after your biopsy
  • Remove the bandaid and wash the biopsy site with gentle soap and water
  • Pat the site dry with a clean towel
  • Use a Q-tip to apply Vaseline to the biopsy site or to the stitches if present
  • Cover with a clean bandaid
  • Repeat until the wound is healed

⚠ Abnormal Reactions After Surgery

Please call our office if:

  • Excessive bleeding: bleeding through your bandage that is soaking the bandage
    • If aggressive bleeding occurs, hold firm pressure on the bandage for 30 minutes without peeking and call your doctor
  • Redness around the wound site that is spreading
  • Excessive swelling
  • Pain not controlled by Tylenol
  • Pus like drainage or foul odor
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Any other signs or symptoms that feel abnormal