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Wound Care Instructions For Sutured Wounds
1. After surgery avoid heavy lifting, exercise, bending or straining. Keep dressing dry for 24 hours; sleeping with your head elevated on a couple of pillows will be helpful.
2. 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 medication is prescribed, please follow the directions on the label. Ice packs may be used for swelling the day of surgery, as well as subsequent days.
3. A small amount of bloody drainage is not unusual for the first two days but it should not be heavy bleeding. If the wound bleeds enough to saturate the bandage, apply continuous firm pressure to the area for 20 minutes. If bleeding persists, call the office to report your condition. Swelling often occurs on the second day and may be large for wounds near the eyes. Some bruising may be noticed as the swelling decreases. Redness around the stitches often occurs after four to five days along with some itching.
4. Remove the dressing in 24 hours. If the dressing tends to stick, you may pour warm water over the dressing.
5. Cleanse the wound with tap water.
6. After cleaning, apply a thin layer of Vaseline or Aquaphor healing ointment (available in drug stores without a prescription). Continue the tap water and ointment treatments once a day until you return for suture removal.
7. The wound may be covered with a Telfa pad or an appropriate size Band-Aid.
8. Bathing the wound area is usually safe after 24 hours but be sure to replace any wet dressing with a clean, dry one.
9. To ensure optimal healing you should refrain from smoking for the first two weeks after your surgery.
10. Please call if the pain gets progressively worse after two days or if there is increasing swelling, fever or any other unusual problems.
In Case Of An Emergency.... (916) 492-1828 (or 911)