Open Wound Care
- After surgery, go home and take it easy. Minimize bending or other exertion for several days.
- After 1-2 day/s, remove the dressing. You may bathe regularly at this point, and allow the wound to get wet.
- Clean the wound with hydrogen peroxide. If there is any crusting or scabbing, soak the wound with peroxide and remove as much of the crusting by gently rubbing the wound with a moist Q-tip or washcloth.
- Apply ointment over the wound.
- Cover the wound with a Band-Aid or small dressing (non-stick gauze and paper tape).
- REPEAT THESE INSTRUCTIONS AT LEAST ONCE A DAY UNTIL THE WOUND HAS COMPLETELY HEALED. Small wounds may heal in 2-3 weeks. Larger wounds may take 4-5 weeks or more. After the wound is healed, you can stop daily dressing changes.
PAIN: take 1-2 Tylenols or the prescription pain medication as needed. Do not take any aspirin or aspirin-like products for at least 48 hours (unless you are on thinners for a medical condition such as a heart stent or stoke) as these may cause bleeding. Minimize alcohol intake 24 hours, Alcohol can increase bruising and may interact with your pain medication.
BLEEDING: Apply pressure to the area for 15minutes. Time it! Repeated “peeking to see if the bleeding is stopped” will only allow the bleeding to continue. If the bandage is saturated it may be replaced.
SWELLING: use ice packs-15 minutes at a time, 1-2 times an hour. A bag of frozen peas or other vegetable can be used. Swelling at the site may take months for final resolution. The cold packs are useful for the first day or two.
BRUISING: Bruising may take 10-14 days to completely resolve. If you develop a hematoma or severe bruising, it may take longer.
SCARRING: There are NO “magic” creams to reduce scarring healing. Don’t waste your time.
Hydrogen Peroxide (removes dried blood/scabbing)
Q-tips or other cotton tipped applicators
Ointment: Any of these: Vaseline, Polysporin, Bacitracin, or Neosporin ointment-note some people are allergic ointment (usually Mupirocin) you may use that.
Non-Stick Gauze Pads (brand name: Telfa)
Paper Tape (brand name: Microphone); Band-aids can be used if the site is small.
***IN CASE OF EMERGENCY OR UNCONTROLLED BLEEDING***
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