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Wound Care Instructions For Open Wounds
1. Keep the dressing dry for 24 hours. Remove the dressing the day after your surgery. If the dressing tends to stick, please pour warm water over the bandage. If bleeding occurs apply firm pressure with damp gauze for twenty continuous minutes. If bleeding persists, call the office to report condition.
2. Cleanse the wound daily with tap water.
3. After cleaning, apply a thin layer of Vaseline or Aquaphor healing ointment (available in drug stores without a prescription). Continue the tap water and Vaseline or Aquaphor healing ointment treatments once a day until the site is healed.
4. The wound may be covered with Telfa pad or an appropriate size Band-Aid. All wounds normally drain, the larger the wound the more drainage. This topical wound care should be continued until the wound has completely healed; usually one to two months. After the wound is healed it will remain red and slowly fade over the next weeks or months.
5. Bathing the wound area is usually safe after the first 24 hours, but be sure to replace any wet dressing with a clean one.
6. You may experience some pain for the first two days. For pain or discomfort you may take a combination of Tylenol and Ibuprofen, unless you have a medical condition that does not allow you to take these medicines or unless it is otherwise advised by your primary care physician. Tylenol 500mg and Ibuprofen 400mg may be taken every 4-6 hours as needed for pain or discomfort. If other pain pills are prescribed, please follow the directions on the label.
7. Open wounds left to heal on their own (called “secondary intention”) usually do amazingly well in most areas. For large wounds, the healing seems very slow for the first three weeks but then rapidly accelerates during the fourth and fifth weeks. Once healed, the scar may be thick at first but it gradually flattens and becomes smooth.
8. Please call if the pain gets progressively worse after two days or if there is increasing swelling, fever or any other unusual problems.
9. It is an old wives’ tale that a wound heals better when exposed to the air. If kept clean and covered with ointment and a bandage, the wound will heal faster, with less pain and with a nicer cosmetic result.
In Case of An Emergency....(916) 492-1828 (or 911)