Excision of a Mole or Lesion (Adult)
- Plan to take off work the day of surgery.
- Do household and outdoor chores ahead of time, or make plans for someone to help you for a day or so.
- Plan things that do not require a lot of standing or lifting.
- Have meals ready that are easy to prepare.
- Plan for someone to help with your children the day of surgery, if needed.
- You will be told about showering before you go home.
- Wear loose fitting clothing for a few days.
- Resume your normal routine when you feel ready.
- Do not drive while you are taking narcotic pain medicine.
- Do not do any strenuous activity or exercise until your doctor says you can.
- Limit your lifting to less than 20 pounds for a week or until your doctor tells you differently.
- Small areas of bruising at your incision site are normal.
- Check your incision daily for signs and symptoms of infection: increased redness or swelling, red or hot incision, foul smelling drainage, or a fever over 100°F.
- Plan to visit your doctor in about one week.
Call Your Doctor
- Fever over 100°F for 2 readings taken 4 hours apart
- Excessive swelling
- Increased redness at incision site
- Abnormal drainage like bleeding or pus from incision
- Increase in pain
Your doctor’s office number is (608) ___________, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
After hours and weekends, the clinic number will give you the hospital paging operator. Ask for plastic surgery resident on-call. Leave your name and phone number with the area code. The doctor will call you back.
Toll free Hospital Number: (800) 323-8942
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Last Updated: 07/27/2011
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