The Medical Procedures
people, not just problems” since 1989.
4800 N. Saginaw Road
Midland, MI 48640
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WOUND/SUTURE CARE WITH
- For the first few
hours after going home, apply ice to the area where the procedure was
done. It is best to limit
activities, since movement might increase bleeding. The anesthetic wears off in about two
hours. There may be some increased
pain and bleeding at that time.
- The wound has been
covered with a material that looks like Saran wrap (Tegaderm). On top of this, there is gauze covered
by tape. You may remove the outer
Do not remove the thin, see-through covering that looks like Saran
wrap. That should stay on until
sutures are removed.
- Occasionally, there
will be some bleeding under the Tegaderm. If there is a fair amount, it is
best just to pick up some Tegaderm at the Pharmacy and replace it.
- Use acetaminophen
(Tylenol) (two  every four hours) or ibuprofen (three  200 mg pills
four times per day) for pain as needed.
Avoid aspirin since it may cause bleeding. It is okay to use both Tylenol and
ibuprofen. Take them at least 2
- Whenever there is a
break in the skin, germs can get underneath and cause infection. If a wound infection does occur, it
usually starts 2-4 days after the sutures were put in. Signs of infection include: (a) increased redness or red streaks
leading from the wound, (b) increased swelling, (c) increased tenderness
or pain, (d) yellow drainage or pus, (e) fever or chills.
If you think
you might have an infection, call the doctor. You
may have been given an antibiotic already.
The drug was ____________________,
______ mg. Take the rest of the
medicine as follows: __________________
- Be careful not to put
excessive pressure on the sutured
area. Ask your doctor what kind of
activities you can do. The full
wound strength does not return for three months. Stretching will increase scarring. You may want to pick up some
self-adhesive wrap (Coban, Coflex, Coach, etc.) to protect the area, if
you are going to be active.
- If Steri-Strips
(butterflies) were applied, leave them on until they drop off by
themselves. If the edges curl up,
cut them off with scissors. It is
okay to get them wet, but do not scrub over them. Steri-strips are often used after the
sutures are removed to provide support.
- The sutures should be
removed in ______ days on _________________________. This is generally not painful.
- Any sutured wound will
have some scarring. The wound will
not be totally healed, so you will not know the final
results for at least 10-12 months.
- If you had a tissue
sample sent to the lab, call us for the results if we have not called you
in 14 days.
- If Dermabond (“super-glue”) was used on your
wound, keep it dry for 24 hours.
After that, showering is allowed.
Be careful that there is not undue pressure applied to the wound
that could break it open. DO NOT
use any ointment if “super-glue” was used.
Glue may also be used after sutures are removed for additional
- If you notice any skin growth returning after
it was removed, call the office.
Also call should you experience any problems. The after-hours number is (989)631-0970