Post Care Instructions


  • Post-op appointment is 7-10 days after surgery.
  • Keep the area dry and covered for 48 hours after surgery.
  • Wait 48 hours after surgery to shower. Do not rub the incision; gently pat dry. Keep the incision open to air and cover only as needed.
  • No swimming, hot tubs or baths until cleared by your surgeon.
  • No strenuous activity, or lifting anything heavier than 15 pounds, until cleared by your surgeon.
  • Wait 7 – 10 days to bend at the elbow and lift normal everyday objects.

The following are normal findings following an incision or biopsy:

  • Redness, puffiness, or discomfort localized to the site.
  • Drainage – clear, red, or yellowish – up to a week after procedure.

Notify our office if the following symptoms occur:

  • Fever greater than 101.4.
  • Redness that extends beyond the surgical site.
  • Thick, foul smelling drainage.