Incision Care after Skin Biopsy in the Neurology Clinic
This handout will describe how to take care of your wound when you are at home.
1. Leave the pressure dressing on for one day. Then remove the dressing and leave wound open to the air.
2. Check the wound site daily. Do this for the next 10-14 days, or until the wound is completely healed (crust will fall off and the skin will have a pink line with no open areas).
3. Patients with steri-strips (thin strips of tape) under the pressure dressing leave on for one day. Then remove and leave wound open to the air.
Infection is not common. Look for these signs daily. If you notice any of these signs, call your doctor.
• Temperature greater than 100.4º by mouth for 2 readings taken 4 hours apart
• Increased tenderness or swelling at site
• Blood or pus-like drainage
• Redness that spreads out from the wound
Most patients have little or no pain. If your wound is painful, you may take Tylenol® every 3 to 4 hours as needed.
You may return to your normal routine as you are able.
For the next 10-14 days, or until the biopsy site is completely healed, please follow these directions.
• No swimming
• No tub baths
• No sitting in hot tubs
You may shower but you must cover your biopsy site before showering. Follow these directions until your biopsy site is completely healed.
• Press & Seal saran wrap (find in grocery store)
• Small size plastic garbage bags
• Roll of tape
Tear of a sheet of Press & Seal and place it on top of your pressure dressing or on top of the Band-Aids, pressing it onto your skin. Place a small plastic garbage bag on top of the Press & Seal, wrapping the garbage bag around your leg and tape in place. Secure the top and bottom edges of the garbage bag to your skin with tape. Do this each time before you shower until your biopsy site is fully healed.
The results will be given to your doctor who ordered the biopsy. Please contact him or her for results. The results will be available in 6-8 weeks.
If any problems occur at the site, contact the Neurology Clinic.
Neurology Clinic phone number - (608)262-0547, M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
After hours or weekends, call the hospital operator at (608)262-0486 and ask for the neurology doctor on call. Give the operator your name and phone number with the area code. The doctor will call you back.
If you live out of the area, please call: 1-800-323-8942.
The information provided should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
Last Updated: 07/10/2013
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