Wound Care Instructions

BIOPSY WOUND CARE INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1: Cleanse

Take the bandage off after one day. Begin gently cleaning the area once a day with soap and warm water. The shower is a good place to do the cleaning.

Step 2: Moisturize

Apply Vaseline ointment to keep the wound greasy as wounds heal faster if they do not dry out. Antibiotic ointments such as Neosporin and Bacitracin are universally not recommended because they may cause allergic reactions in some individuals.

Step 3: Protect

Apply a bandage to the site if the ointment will ruin clothing, otherwise, leave wound open but greasy until there is no more crust forming. Wounds on the back and leg take longer to heal. Exposing the wound to air to dry out and form a scab is not recommended.

Avoid hot tubs, swimming, or taking a bath for two weeks following your biopsy. You may return to your regular exercising within 24 hours.

RESULTS

We will notify you as soon as we receive your biopsy results, which can take about 1-2 weeks. If you have not heard from us after 2 weeks please contact our office at 602-971-0950.

WHEN TO CALL THE DOCTOR’S OFFICE

  • Pain that gets worse a few days after the procedure
  • A lot of swelling
  • Bleeding which persists. If you have bleeding, apply firm pressure over the gauze pad for 20 minutes. If it doesn’t stop after 20 minutes, apply pressure again for 20 minutes. If after 40 minutes, bleeding persists, call your doctor. It is normal to have some blood on your gauze pad after the procedure.
  • A temperature above 100.5 o F for 24 hours
  • Redness, warmth, swelling, pus-like drainage at site.
  • Any questions or concerns do not hesitate to call us at 602-971-0950

CRYOTHERAPY WOUND CARE (Liquid Nitrogen Freezing) INSTRUCTIONS

  1. The treatment site may get wet with normal bathing and showering.
  2. If a blister or scab forms, do not remove it, but allow it to heal on its own.
  3. If blister is formed, leave that skin on over site to protect the skin.
  4. If crusting develops, cleanse gently with soap and water and apply a thin layer of Vaseline or Polysporin twice daily.
    1. Liquid nitrogen is extremely cold (-196°C). When applied to the skin the top skin layer rapidly freezes. When you leave our office, the freezing site will probably be red and swollen, and it may sting and itch as it thaws. Expect the site to look worse over the next few days before it gets better. Swelling and/or blistering often develop within a couple of hours after treatment. 2-3 days after treatment a scab will probably form which will then take 7-10 days to fall off, leaving a pink smooth area.

      WHEN TO CALL THE DOCTOR’S OFFICE

      • Pain that gets worse a few days after the procedure
      • A lot of swelling
      • Bleeding which persists. If you have bleeding, apply firm pressure over the gauze pad for 20 minutes. If it doesn’t stop after 20 minutes, apply pressure again for 20 minutes. If after 40 minutes, bleeding persists, call your doctor. It is normal to have some blood on your gauze pad after the procedure.
      • A temperature above 100.5 o F for 24 hours
      • Redness, warmth, swelling, pus-like drainage at site.
      • Any questions or concerns do not hesitate to call us at 602-971-0950