Managing your wound/dressing:
Specific instructions for the care of your wound will be given at the time of discharge
- Always wash your hands before attending to your wound/dressing.
- Never leave a wet or dirty dressing covering your wound. Replacement dressings are available from any chemist.
When to seek medical advice:
- Increased redness, or red streaks developing around the wound site,
- Increased swelling, or warmth and tenderness of the wound site,
- Increased pain, despite taking regular pain relief medication,
- Pus-like discharge/ooze,
- You develop a fever,
- Large lumps appear in your armpit or groin,
- The wound starts to gape open.
If you have had sedation or general anaesthetic for this procedure:
The drugs used may still be in your system.
You must make sure you have a responsible adult to care for you at home after the procedure.
Until the following morning you should not:
- Drive a vehicle, ride a bicycle or operate machinery
- Make any important decisions
- Sign legal documents
- Drink alcohol