Non-Mohs Surgical Patients
Before Your Surgery
- Blood thinners: Do not stop any prescribed blood thinners unless instructed otherwise. If you take nonprescribed blood thinners (e.g. aspirin, ibuprofen, Motrin, Naprosyn), Vitamin E or other nutritional supplements, stop those medications three days before your surgery and restart them the day after your surgery.
- Alcohol: Drinking alcohol can increase your risk for bruising. We ask that you refrain from drinking alcohol for one day before and two days after your surgery.
- If you have a history of abnormal scarring or keloids, please inform your physician or physician assistant before surgery.
- Please advise our medical staff if you have any allergies or history of adverse reactions to numbing medications (e.g. lidocaine, epinephrine).
- Please advise our medical staff if you have any history of abnormal reaction to suture materials.
- You may eat or drink (nonalcoholic beverages) as usual before your surgery.
What to Expect After Surgery
- Our medical staff will dress your surgical wound before you leave the office. We encourage you to leave our dressing undisturbed for 12 hours.
- Swelling and redness may occur around the wound for several days.
- If you experience any discomfort, you may take acetaminophen (Tylenol) as directed.
- If bleeding occurs, apply firm, constant pressure using cold compresses/ice packs and dry cloth for 20 minutes. If your bandage has soaked through, you may replace it with a similar bandage. Excessive bleeding that does not respond to repeated applications of ice/pressure would be an indication to call our office.
- Avoid any heavy lifting, exercise or strenuous activity for one month after surgery.
Call Us At (484)-785-3376 If:
- Bleeding that you cannot stop occurs.
- You notice rapid swelling of the surgical area.
- You experience significant pain that does not resolve with Tylenol.
- You develop a fever.
- You have any other concerns about the way your site is healing.
Remember: Greasy, covered wounds heal more quickly and with less scarring. Keep your wound covered with Vaseline and a dressing at all times. Never let the area dry out or scab.
Wound Care Instructions
Beginning the day after your surgery, twice a day, follow these instructions:
- Wash your hands
- Remove the bandage
- Cleanse the surgical site by lighting dabbing the area with soapy water.
- Pat to dry (do not rub or massage).
- With a clean Q-tip, apply petroleum jelly directly to the wound, applying thickly enough to completely cover the wound and sutures (if any)
- Cover with a nonstick bandage and surgical tape or a band-aid that is large enough to completely cover the surgical site.
- Continue these instructions until you return to the office for suture removal or until fully healed if no sutures were placed.
In case of an emergency after office hours, call Dr. Persichetti at (724)910-3681 or proceed to the Emergency Room.