Electrocautery After Care

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What To Do

The wound may be sore for several hours after the procedure, once the anesthetic has worn off. Clients are advised to follow the below instructions:

  • Keep the dressing on for 24 hours or as advised by the Nurse Practitioner
  • Avoid stretching or using the wound area
  • Avoid hot tubs or saunas for 72 hours
  • Take Tylenol as advised
  • If the wound bleeds, press on it with a clean dry towel for 20 minutes. Seek medical attention if the wound is still bleeding after this time
  • After 24 hours, the treated area may be gently washed twice per day and patted dry. Polysporin should be applied twice per day for the first 5 days. 
  • Seek medical attention if the wound reddens, or becomes very painful

The wound generally takes 6 weeks to heal. It may be red and raised at first, but the size and redness usually reduces over several weeks.