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  • If you were instructed to stop any medications prior to surgery, you may re-start those in one week.

  • AVOID HEAVY LIFTING, stooping or other strenuous activities for the first 2-3 days, as this may cause post-operative bleeding (i.e. don’t lift anything heavier than a dinner plate!). Also avoid smoking and alcoholic beverages.

  • If bleeding occurs:
    • Leave the dressing on - DO NOT REMOVE!
    • Sit down, rest your elbow on a table with your palm against the wound and apply firm pressure over the bandage for 10 minutes, no peeking.
    • If you are unable to stop the bleeding by applying steady pressure for 10 minutes, remove dressing and apply a moistened tea bag directly over wound. Use steady pressure for ten minutes.
    • If the wound is still bleeding and our office is closed, go to the nearest Emergency Room or see your family physician.

  • The top bandage should remain on for the first 48 hours following surgery. Remove the top, bulky bandage, but leave the tape strips on that are directly over the wound. Never pull the strips off, but you may trim loose ends. When tape strips will no longer stay on or fall off, replace with new tape strips for FOUR weeks.

  • You may get the tape strips wet when washing. Wash gently with finger tips (do not scrub) and splash to rinse. Pat with a towel to dry them.

  • Dissolvable sutures should fall out in about 30 days. If they have not dissolved after 40 days, please call our office.

  • Some SWELLING or BRUISING is to be expected and goes away in 2 or 3 weeks. A “black-eye” is expected if the surgery was near your eye, nose or lower forehead and goes away in 2 or 3 weeks.

  • For PAIN and/or SWELLING, use an ice pack or a bag of frozen peas over the bandage for 10 minutes every 1 to 2 hours. You may take Tylenol for pain.

  • A certain amount of SCARRING is to be expected in any surgical site. Thickened scars occasionally occur and usually flatten over 3-12 months.

  • Signs of infection include increased warmth, tenderness or yellow drainage with foul odor. Call our office if you are experiencing this.

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2004 Hwy Blvd   -   Spencer, IA  51301   -   (712) 262-6906


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