Home Care after Needle Muscle Biopsy
Care of the Incision
1. Leave the dressing on for twenty four
hours . Then, remove the dressing and
replace with several Band-aids® placed
on top of the steri-strips.
2. Change the Band-aids® daily for the
next 7-10 days. Look for signs of
infection. If you notice any of these
signs, call your doctor:
ξ Red and/or hot incision site
(although the incision itself may
ξ Pus-like drainage.
ξ Excess swelling or bleeding (that
covers the entire dressing within
ξ Temperature (by mouth) above
100 θ F or 37.7 θ C for two
readings taken 4 hours apart.
ξ Increased pain that does not go
away after you use pain
The incision is closed with steri strips (thin
white tape). Keep the area dry for 7 - 10
days, or until wound is completely healed.
Sponge bathe or cover the incision fully with
plastic wrap while you shower. You may
shower normally after 7 - 10 days, provided
the wound is completely healed. Do not
soak or scrub the incision in water for 7 – 10
days, or until the wound is completely
It is normal to have some pain or discomfort
in the surgical site. For pain, use oral
Tylenol® or other medicine as prescribed by
your doctor. Do not use aspirin, ibuprofen,
or anti-inflammatory drugs for 24 hours after
the procedure. You may apply an ice pack
to the area the first 24-36 hours. Apply the
ice pack for 20 minutes at a time.
There are no specific restrictions. Return to
your normal routine as you are able.
For the next 7 – 10 days or until the biopsy
site is completely healed, please follow these
ξ No swimming
ξ No tub baths
ξ No sitting in hot tubs
You may shower but you must cover your
biopsy site before showering. Follow these
directions until your biopsy site is
ξ Press & Seal saran wrap (find in
ξ Small plastic garbage bags (13
gal size plastic garbage bags
ξ Roll of tape (tape that will keep
ξ Box of Band-aids (1 inch size
works well, use several to place
on top of the steri-strips)
Tear off a sheet of Press & Seal and place it
on top of your pressure dressing or on top of
the Band-Aids®, pressing it onto your skin.
Place a small plastic garbage bag on top of
the Press & Seal, wrapping the garbage bag
around and tape to keep in place. Secure the
top and bottom edges of the garbage bag to
your skin with tape. Do this each time
before you shower until your biopsy site is
The results will be given to your doctor who
ordered the biopsy. Please contact him or
her for your results. The muscle tissues
require considerable processing using stains
that cannot be hurried. The results will be
available in 6 – 8 weeks.
If any problems occur, contact your doctor.
Neurology Clinic phone number -
(608) 262-0547, M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
After hours or weekends, this number will
be answered by the paging operator. Ask for
the neurology doctor on call. Give the
operator your name and phone number with
the area code. The neurology doctor on call
will call you back.
If you live out of the area, please call:
The Spanish version of this Health Facts for You is #7179.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
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