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Wound Care Instructions For Xenografts
1. Keep the dressing dry for 48 hours. Remove the dressing two days after your surgery. If the dressing tends to stick, you may use warm water over the dressing. If bleeding occurs apply firm pressure for twenty continuous minutes. If bleeding persists, call the office to report condition.

2. Once you have removed the pressure dressing, cleanse the wound daily with tap water.

3. After cleaning, apply a layer of Vaseline or Aquaphor healing ointment (available in drug stores without a prescription) and cover with appropriate size Band-Aid. Continue the tap water, Vaseline or Aquaphor healing ointment, and Band-Aid treatments once a day until return visit.

4. The graft is sutured into place with stitches that will dissolve. All wounds normally drain, the larger the wound the more drainage. Continue daily wound care until return visit or until fully healed.

5. It is not uncommon to notice peeling or crusting of the graft during the first few weeks. This should be kept moist with daily application of Vaseline or Aquaphor healing ointment and covered with a Band-Aid. Soap and water will not bother the skin graft, but be gentle when you wash the area.

6. Bathing the wound area is usually safe after two days but be sure to replace any wet dressing with a clean one.

7. 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.

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 wivesí 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)