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Post-Operative Instructions: Biopsy Procedures

  1. Pain Management: You may experience some discomfort or pain after the procedure. Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) can help alleviate pain. Follow the dosage instructions provided on the medication packaging or as directed by your healthcare provider.
  2. Bleeding: It is normal to experience some bleeding after the biopsy. Gently bite down on a clean gauze pad or moist tea bag placed over the biopsy site for about 30 minutes to help control bleeding. If bleeding persists, contact your healthcare provider.
  3. Oral Hygiene: Maintain good oral hygiene to prevent infection and promote healing. Brush your teeth gently, avoiding the biopsy site, for the first 24 hours. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water at least twice a day beginning the day after the procedure, to help keep the area clean.
  4. Diet: Stick to soft, cool, and bland foods for the first few days after the biopsy to avoid irritating the area. Avoid spicy, hot, and crunchy foods that may aggravate the site. Gradually introduce solid foods as tolerated.
  5. Activity Restrictions: Avoid strenuous physical activities for the first 24 hours after the biopsy to reduce the risk of bleeding and discomfort.
  6. Medication: Take any prescribed medications as directed in your post operative instructions.
  7. Swelling: To minimize swelling, apply an ice pack on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply ice as much as you can comfortably tolerate, for the first 24-48 hours. Swelling generally reaches a peak in 24-36 hours and then subsides over the next 3-5 days. If swelling continues to increase after the third post-operative day, please contact the office or your doctor immediately.
  8. Follow-up: We will typically call patients to inform them when their biopsy results have been received.  Please note that we will not leave pathology diagnoses on voicemail systems.   We typically see biopsy follow patients for reevaluation appointments 10-14 days following their procedure.