for Care After an Office Procedure
These are the standard
recommendations from our doctors for your care
after an office procedure. Please review them
prior to leaving the office and discuss any questions
with our staff.
You should expect mild bruising and mild pain
after an office procedure. If your pain is increasing
or if it is not being controlled by our usual
measures, then please call our office for further
guidance. Signs of infection include fever over
100.5 degrees, swelling, redness, or drainage.
If you have any concerns about the possible development
of an infection, then contact our staff for evaluation.
If you have concerns about how the procedure
may affect other medical conditions, please discuss
those matters with the physician before going
- Ice for 24-48 hours can be very helpful for
pain control and it can minimize bruising and
swelling at the wound site.
- Usually, Tylenol or Advil will provide adequate
additional pain relief.
If you feel that a stronger pain medicine will
be required for your care, discuss it with the
physicians before leaving the office.
- Following most breast procedures it is helpful
to wear a snug fitting bra or sports bra 24
hours a day for 2-3 days. The support can make
a big difference in your comfort.
- Dressing changes should be done daily until
any drainage has stopped for 24-48 hours. Dry
gauze and tape or Band-Aids can be used, depending
on your needs or preference.
- If steri-strips (butterfly tapes) are used,
then do not apply any topical ointments to
the incision. If sutures are visible, then
application of Neosporin daily will be advised
by the physician.
- Keep the wound dry for
approximately 48 hours after the procedure. Shower
water can then run over the incision, but
it is still advisable to not constantly soak
the incision under water for about two weeks
after the procedure.
Call us at any time with questions about your care
- Please schedule a follow-up appointment for
a wound check, review of pathology results,
and discussion of ongoing care. We will advise
you when that appointment should be made.