Nylon/ Prolene Suture Instructions
Please wash your hands thoroughly before caring for the wound.
PLEASE DO THE FOLLOWING:
- Leave the pressure-dressing on the wound and keep it dry for the first 48 hours.
- After two days have passed, slowly and carefully remove the dressing so that the underlying sutures are not pulled apart.
- After removing the dressing, the sutured area should be washed once a day with hydrogen peroxide. Apply Vaseline with a clean Q-tip and then cover with a Band-Aid or other form of non-adherent dressing.
- Do not allow the wound to be left open to dry or become dry enough to form a scab. For your wound to heal properly with the best cosmetic outcome, it is important to keep the wound moist with Vaseline and covered at all times.
- If the wound appears to be drying out, apply more Vaseline with each dressing change. Continue this routine until the sutures are removed.
- If the site develops increasing redness, pain, or pus/malodorous discharge, these changes may be signs of infection. Please call the office as soon as possible or seek medical care.
- If you notice bleeding through the bandage, hold pressure with gauze/cotton/cloth for 15 minutes continuously without releasing. If bleeding continues, repeat and hold pressure for another 15 minutes. If bleeding persists, please call Dr. Al-Dabagh or go to the nearest emergency room.
NOTE: Do not take any blood thinners (other than those prescribed by your doctor) including aspirin (or aspirin-containing medications), Ibuprofen, Aleve, Advil, or Naproxen. If you need pain relief, take Extra-Strength Tylenol. Postoperative pain should improve considerably after 2 to 3 days.
If you have any concerns please give Dr. Al-Dabagh a call at (704) 230-1302. After clinic hours, our line will have an option for urgent concerns, which will route directly to Dr. Al-Dabagh’s cell phone.
We will return your calls as soon as possible. If you are experiencing a life-threatening event, please call 911 or seek help at the nearest emergency department.
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