Instructions For Home Care of Biopsy Procedures
1) Remove the dressing on the day specified by the doctor following your procedure, and keep it dry and clean until then.
2) Cover the biopsy site after the initial dressing removal with a pad of gauze and a band aid . Repeat this each day, and change your dressing if it becomes soiled or wet.
3) Do not get the site wet while any sutures are present. If showering, use a commercial grade shower protector (available through our office or a medical supply store). Alternately, you may leave the foot over the edge of a tub and take a bath. If you do not have any sutures you may shower/bathe without protection.
4) Take all prescribed medication as directed by your podiatrist. This may include an antibiotic (which you should finish completely), as well as anti-inflammatory or pain medications. Call you podiatrist if you develop any adverse reactions to your medications, such as nausea, rashes, dizziness, or shortness of breath. Discontinue your medications immediately if you experience those reactions, unless directed otherwise by your podiatrist when you call.
5) You may expect some symptoms in the first week after the procedure, including mild soreness or throbbing. If you have extended pain that is not controlled with over-the-counter products like ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil) or Aleve, or if your prescribed medications do not help relieve the pain, call your podiatrist. Pain of this type is uncommon. If you see thick drainage or pus, and if the biopsy site itself is red, then call your podiatrist as this may be an infection.
6) Call the office or your podiatrist if you have any questions
Supply list (see above for specifics): band aids, gauze pad/rolls