These instructions are for patients who have had excision with sutures (stitches) performed at Spot Check Clinic. If you find these instructions confusing or if you suspect a problem, we are happy to review your wound at any time after your procedure for any reason.
Rest the area. If the procedure was on your arm or leg, keep the limb elevated. Avoid stretching the area or any heavy lifting/exercise until the wound has been checked by a doctor or nurse and the stitches removed (up to two weeks later).
If the wound is sore, take paracetamol and/or codeine. Avoid non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin or ibuprofen as these can lead to bleeding.
If you have a crepe bandage, leave it on. If it feels too tight—especially if your arm or leg is becoming numb—loosen it slightly after one or two hours.
|1 day later||If there is a crepe bandage around the wound, you may remove it.|
|3 days later||Remove the plastic dressing and any padding underneath. You may need to gently wet the padding to ease it off. You may shower normally and get water on the wound, but do not immerse the area in water (e.g. swimming, baths) until the stitches have been removed. Leave any tape on the wound until you have your stitches removed. You can shower as normal and gently pat the area dry. If the tape comes off, replace it with Steri-strips or Micropore tape.|
|5-7 days later||Pathology results should be available. Depending on the arrangements you have made with your doctor, check your email or call Spot Check Clinic. Your result will be available in writing, together with further information and advice from your doctor, via the MoleScope/Dermengine website and app.|
|Until your stitches are removed||Remember: Don’t stretch the area. Avoid heavy lifting or sudden movements. Shower as usual, but don’t put the wound underwater. Keep tape over the wound. Unless instructed otherwise, no dressing other than the tapes is necessary.|
|5-21 days later (depending on your doctor's advice)||Return to Spot Check Clinic to have your stitches removed. Your doctor will have advised how many days your stitches should stay in. This may vary from 5 days for some wounds on the face to 2 weeks or longer for wounds on the back.|
|2-3 months||Your skin takes several months to return to maximum strength. Continue to avoid stretching and heavy lifting for at least 2-3 weeks. To minimise scarring, you can continue to tape the wound and/or use silicone gels (Dermatix, Kelocote or Strataderm) or Bio-Oil daily for the next 2-3 months.|