Post-Biopsy Care Instructions

After undergoing a biopsy procedure, adhere to the following guidelines for optimal healing:

  • Bleeding Management: Refrain from disturbing the area, forcefully rinsing, spitting, or drinking through a straw. If bleeding persists beyond 24 hours, bite down on a gauze pad placed on the wound for 30 minutes and contact our office if necessary. Take all prescribed medications, including mouth rinses.

  • Oral Hygiene: After 24 hours, use warm salt water rinses (one teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) 4-5 times a day after meals. Brush your teeth gently with a soft manual toothbrush. Be cautious around the surgical areas. Sutures may be placed after surgery, and most dissolve on their own. If a LASER was used, refrain from manipulating the site to avoid re-bleeding.

  • Swelling Management: Apply ice packs to the surgical site for 15-20 minutes followed by rest for the same duration. After 24 hours, if swelling persists, apply a warm pack in 15-minute intervals as needed to reduce discomfort and swelling.

  • Dietary Restrictions: Drink plenty of fluids and avoid spicy, sharp, and crunchy foods. Refrain from tobacco and alcohol for 24 hours following surgery, especially in combination with pain medications or antibiotics.

  • Activity Restrictions: Keep physical activities minimal immediately following surgery.

  • After-Hours Assistance: During office hours, immediate attention will be provided to address any concerns. After office hours, contact our office for further instructions. In case of a serious or life-threatening emergency, dial 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.

Follow these instructions carefully to ensure a smooth recovery process. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to our office. We’re here to support you throughout your healing journey.