Neurology Clinic – Incision Care after Skin Biopsy
This handout will describe how to take care of your wound when you are at home.
Leave the pressure dressing on for one day.
Then remove the dressing and leave wound
open to the air.
Check the wound site daily. Do this for the
next 10-14 days, or until the wound is fully
healed (crust will fall off and the skin will
have a pink line with no open areas).
Infection is not common. Look for these
signs daily. If you notice any of these signs,
call your doctor.
ξ Temperature greater than 100.4º by
mouth for 2 readings taken 4 hours
ξ Increased tenderness or swelling at
ξ Blood or pus-like drainage
ξ Redness that spreads out from the
Most patients have little or no pain. If your
wound is painful, you may take Tylenol®
every 3 to 4 hours as needed.
You may return to your normal routine as
you are able. For the next 10-14 days, or
until the biopsy site is fully healed:
ξ No swimming
ξ No tub baths
ξ No sitting in hot tubs
You may shower but cover your biopsy site
first. Follow these directions until your
biopsy site is fully healed.
You will need:
ξ Glad Press & Seal® saran wrap (find
in grocery store)
ξ Small size plastic garbage bags
ξ Roll of tape
1. 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.
2. Place a small plastic garbage bag on
top of the Press & Sea®, wrapping
the garbage bag around your leg and
tape in place.
3. Secure the top and bottom edges of
the garbage bag to your skin with
Do this each time before you shower until
your biopsy site is fully healed.
The results will be given to your doctor who
ordered the biopsy. Please contact him or
her for results. The results will be available
in 6-8 weeks.
If any problems occur at the site, contact the Neurology Clinic.
Neurology Clinic phone number - (608) 262-0547, M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
After hours or weekends, call the hospital operator at (608) 262-0486 and ask for the neurology
doctor on call. Give the operator your name and phone number with the area code. The doctor
will call you back.
If you live out of the area, please call: 1-800-323-8942.
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
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 8/2016. University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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