PRE- AND POST-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS
Pre-Operative Photographs of Biopsy Sites
In most cases, it is relatively easy for us to determine the location of your biopsy site. However, occasionally, our patients do not remember where the biopsy was performed and the scar is difficult for us to find. In these cases, we recommend that our patients take photographs of their biopsy site to make locating the proper operative site easier on the day of surgery. You may take a photograph of the region with a regular camera, digital camera, or even a cell phone camera. Please let us know if you have any questions about the best way to take the photograph. Alternatively, if you would like us to take a photograph for you, let us know. We would be happy to schedule a time for you to stop by the office so that one of our staff members can take your surgical site photograph.
Please plan to avoid heavy lifting, exercise, or strenuous activity for 7-10 days after surgery as this may inhibit healing, contribute to poor scar formation, or cause bleeding. This includes working out and mowing the lawn!
It is a good idea to have some wound care materials at home, just in case your wound bleeds. Please obtain some petrolatum/Vaseline (or antibiotic ointment), gauze, tape, bandages, and an ace bandage. We will instruct you on how to use these items.