POST-OPERATIVE INFORMATION

Removal of skin lesions

  • Rest quietly today – no exercise, lifting or bending.

  • Keep wound dry for 24 hours and dressing intact until next visit unless otherwise instructed.

  • Take two (2) Panadol tablets 4-6 hourly if pain relief is required.

  • The wound may ooze slightly when the local anaesthetic/anaesthetic wears off and tissues return to normal.

  • If the wound starts to ooze, apply pressure to the area for approximately 10 minutes – use tissues or a dry face washer.

  • If you develop any severe swelling, bruising, redness, pain, wound discharge or fevers, please contact the rooms on 8267 3976 or see your local GP (if you are unable to get into the rooms). If after-hours, contact the Nurse Manager of the hospital where you had your procedure.

  • Appointments up until 6 weeks post your surgery date are post-operative appointments - after that period a review fee will take effect.

  • Any further questions please contact the rooms on 8267 3976.

Removal of skin lesions with full thickness skin grafting

Immediately after your surgery:

  • Rest quietly – no exercise, lifting or bending for 1 week.

  • You may experience some swelling and bruising.

  • Elevate affected limb as much as possible.

  • Take pain relieving medication as prescribed and only if required. Panadol 4-6 hourly usually helps, if this doesn't control the pain then contact the rooms.

  • The wound may ooze slightly, if so apply constant pressure to the area for 10 minutes. Use a dry face washer or ice pack and if the bleeding continues after 20 minutes contact the rooms or your local GP. If after-hours, contact the Nurse Manager of the hospital where you had your procedure.

Taking care of your wound, showering and what to do before your next appointment:

  • Full thickness skin grafts are usually left open. The graft is white in colour initially then it will turn a blue/purple colour before it slowly pinks up. If it is black in colour or the surrounding skin becomes tender, red and angry contact the rooms.

  • The graft is to be keep moist at all times and is not allowed to dry out.

  • Apply Chlorsig ointment 2-4 times a day to graft as instructed. Make sure you remove any old ointment prior to applying the fresh ointment. Sorbelene/Vitamin E cream is to be applied to the graft once ointment is finished.

  • If the graft is covered, leave the bandages/dressings dry and intact until your post-operative review.

  • The donor site will be covered with tape and keep this intact until your stitches are removed. You may get this wet and pat the area dry or use a hair dryer to dry if you wish.

Post-operative appointment:

  • Your first initial post-op appointment will be made between 5-14 days depending on where the lesion has been excised.

  • Your wounds will be assessed and your sutures may be removed in stages.

Removal of lesions with flap repair

Immediately after your surgery:

  • Rest quietly – no exercise, lifting or bending for 1 week.

  • You may experience some swelling and bruising.

  • Elevate affected limb as much as possible.

  • Take pain relieving medication as prescribed and only if required. Panadol 4-6 hourly usually helps, if this doesn't control the pain then contact the rooms.

Taking care of your wound, showering and what to do before your next appointment:

  • The wound may ooze slightly, if so apply constant pressure to the area for 10 minutes. Use a dry face washer or ice pack and if the bleeding continues after 20 minutes contact the rooms or your local GP. If after-hours, contact the Nurse Manager of the hospital where you had your procedure.

  • Keep wound dry for 24 hours (unless otherwise instructed). After that you may get the tapes wet and pat dry or dry with a hair dryer.

  • Leave the plaster/tapes/bandages in place until we see you following your surgery.

Post-operative appointment:

  • Your initial post-op appointment will be made between 5-14 days depending where the lesion has been excised.

  • Your wounds will be assessed and your sutures may be removed in stages.

Removal of lesions with split thickness skin grafting

Immediately after your surgery:

  • Rest quietly – no exercise, lifting or bending.

  • You may experience some swelling and bruising.

  • Elevate affected limb as much as possible.

  • Take pain relieving medication as prescribed and only if required. Panadol 4-6 hourly usually helps, if this doesn't control the pain then contact the rooms.

  • The wound may ooze slightly, if so apply constant pressure to the area for 10 minutes. Use a dry face washer or ice pack and if the bleeding continues after 20 minutes contact the rooms or your local GP. If after-hours, contact the Nurse Manager of the hospital where you had your procedure.

Taking care of your wound, showering and what to do before your next appointment:

  • Leave bandages clean, dry and in place until we see you following your surgery.

  • If your graft is on your leg, the tubi-grip stocking must be worn constantly. You need to rest with the leg elevated as much as possible.

  • You will need to cover your dressing with a plastic bag and tape to shower. If the dressing gets wet, pat dry with a towel or use a hair dryer to dry if you wish.

Post-operative appointment:

  • Your first initial post-op appointment will be made between 5-10 days. The graft may be redressed (if it's on the leg, a tubi-grip stocking will be reapplied).

  • 14-21 days post-op the graft site should be stable enough to leave open and just apply moisturising cream.

Do you have a question regarding your recovery?