The nurse discharging you after your procedure will explain which type of wound closure was used and if you need to have them removed.
You may need to attend your GP/Practice Nurse for removal of sutures, contact them soon to ensure you get an appointment.
Your local anaesthetic can last 2 to 4 hours. If you feel some soreness or discomfort, a mild pain relief such as Paracetamol should be sufficient.
Ibuprofen or Aspirin are not recommended.
Alcohol and vitamin E tablets should be avoided for 48 hours after your operation as they can increase your risk of bleeding.
Please do not carry out heavy lifting or vigorous exercise as advised.
The skin around your wound may be numb for several weeks/months following surgery.
You may have some swelling and bruising around the wound. This can take over a week to settle down.
You may see a small amount of blood on your dressing – this is normal. Please seek medical attention if the bleeding does not stop after 20 minutes of continuous firm pressure.
Please contact us should you experience any of the above.
If outside normal working hours, please contact your GP or present to your local Accident & Emergency Department.
Your wound may be tender and bleed slightly when you change your dressings over the first few days following your surgery.
Initially your scar will be red and raised, this will reduce in colour and size over several months. It can take 6 months for the scar to heal completely.