Post-Op Instructions for Your Microtia Treatment|
- Do nothing to the surgical site for the first 24 hours and then refer to the instructions for incision care.
- You may take a sponge bath the day after surgery. Showering is usually permitted 2 days after surgery unless a small drain is in the chest incision. If this is the case showering is permitted 48 hours following the removal of the drain. Do not let the force of the shower beat directly on your face or chest incision.
- Sutures will be removed 7 days after surgery. Often Steri-strips will be applied following suture removal. Dr. Pryor will remove the Steri-strips in 1 week or instruct you to remove them.
- Take only the prescribed medication or Tylenol for pain control. Do not take aspirin or aspirin containing products for pain.
- Avoid bending over, heavy lifting and strenuous activity for one week.
- Avoid direct sun for 6 months. Wear sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection (SPF 15).
Care Instructions for Incisions
- Cleanse suture lines with hydrogen peroxide solution (mix 1 part water and 1 part hydrogen peroxide) and Q-tips. Dip the Q-tip in the peroxide solution and gently roll it across the suture line to remove dried blood. You will need several Q-tips each time you do this.
- Take a dry Q-tip and gently roll it across suture line to remove foam from peroxide and drainage. Repeat steps 1 and 2 as needed to remove dried blood completely.
- After suture line is thoroughly cleaned, apply a very small amount of Bacitracin Ointment over suture line.
- Repeat this procedure 2-3 times per day. By doing this, you will minimize your risk of infection and reduce the formation of scar tissue, giving a better cosmetic result.
- Dr. Pryor asks that you clean the incisions in this manner until all sutures are removed. After the sutures are removed on day 5-10 you will be asked to use only Aquaphor ointment
to the incisions twice daily for a further two weeks.