Postoperative Instructions: Excisional Biopsy

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Following your recent oral biopsy procedure, it's essential to follow these postoperative instructions to ensure proper healing and minimize discomfort. Please read the following guidelines carefully:

1. Bleeding:

  • It is normal to experience some minor bleeding or oozing from the biopsy site for the first 24-48 hours. To control bleeding, gently bite down on a clean, damp gauze pad placed over the biopsy site for 30-45 minutes. If bleeding persists or becomes excessive, contact your healthcare provider immediately.

2. Pain Management:

  • You may experience mild to moderate discomfort or soreness at the biopsy site. Over-the-counter pain medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) can help alleviate pain. Follow the dosage instructions provided on the medication packaging.

3. Oral Hygiene:

  • Maintain good oral hygiene to promote healing and reduce the risk of infection. Brush your teeth gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush, avoiding the biopsy site. Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater (1 teaspoon of salt dissolved in 8 ounces of water) several times a day, especially after meals, to keep the area clean.

4. Diet:

  • Stick to a soft diet for the first few days following the biopsy procedure to avoid irritating the biopsy site. Opt for soft foods such as yogurt, mashed potatoes, soup, scrambled eggs, and smoothies. Avoid hot, spicy, or crunchy foods that may aggravate the area.

5. Activity Restrictions:

  • Avoid strenuous physical activities, heavy lifting, or vigorous exercise for at least 24-48 hours following the biopsy procedure. Rest and allow your body to heal properly.

6. Avoid Smoking and Alcohol:

  • Refrain from smoking or using tobacco products, as they can delay healing and increase the risk of complications. Additionally, avoid consuming alcohol, as it may irritate the biopsy site and interfere with healing.

7. Follow-Up Appointment:

  • Attend your scheduled follow-up appointment with your healthcare provider to review the biopsy results and discuss any further treatment or management plans. Your provider will assess the biopsy site, remove any sutures if necessary, and address any concerns you may have.

8. Signs of Infection:

  • Be vigilant for any signs of infection, such as increased pain, swelling, redness, warmth, or pus-like drainage from the biopsy site. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your healthcare provider promptly.

9. Biopsy Results:

  • It may take several days to receive the results of your biopsy. Try to remain patient and avoid unnecessary stress or anxiety. Your healthcare provider will notify you of the results and discuss any further steps or treatment options as needed.

10. Contact Information:

  • If you have any questions, concerns, or unexpected symptoms during your recovery, do not hesitate to contact our office. We are here to provide support and assistance throughout your healing process.

Conclusion:- We appreciate your cooperation in following these postoperative instructions. By adhering to these guidelines and attending your follow-up appointment, you can help ensure a smooth recovery and optimal outcome following your oral biopsy procedure.