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Gelfoam Post Care

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Tonight:
  • Keep wound covered with bandage. You may reinforce or re-tape it if necessary.
  •  A small amount of bleeding on your bandage the first night is normal. If you begin to have heavier bleeding, apply firm pressure over the bandage for 10 – 15 minutes. This should be adequate to stop the bleeding. Raising the head of bed with extra pillows may also help.
  •  Discomfort should be mild and can usually be controlled with Extra-Strength Tylenol. You will be given a prescription for pain medication if increased discomfort is anticipated. Avoid pain relievers containing Aspirin or Ibuprofen as they may increase bleeding.
  •  Avoid bending over and strenuous activities for 24 - 48 hours as they may cause increased bleeding.
  •  Expect mild bruising and swelling.
 Starting Tomorrow:
  • Remove outer bandage in the morning. The Gelfoam dressing will be sutured inside the wound and may appear blood soaked.
  •  Begin cleaning around the wound with Q-tips soaked in Hydrogen Peroxide twice daily to remove any crusts.
  •  Apply Bacitracin ointment to the entire wound after cleaning twice daily using Q-tips.
  •  You may shower after 24 hours, but keep wound covered and dry while bathing.
  •  You may leave wound open to air, but keep it moist with the ointment. A Band-aid or non-stick dressing may be worn over it, if desired.
 

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