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Post Op Instructions for Osteoma

Plastic Surgery Instructions (Forehead Osteoma Removal):

-Ok to shower/wash your face starting tomorrow.

-Ok to remove the pressure dressing later today.

-You can cover the wound with a dry dressing or leave it open to air.

-There will be two short suture tags sticking out the side of the incision. Leave these in place. We will remove them in the office.

-Elevate your head of bed for 1-2 days to help minimize swelling

-No strenuous physical activity for 10 days after surgery. No contact sports for 2-3 weeks.

-Take your pain medication with food. This can be with as little as a few crackers. This will help prevent nausea.

-Smoking causes multiple wound healing complications. It is very important that you do not smoke and you are not around people that smoke for at least 6 weeks after surgery. Second hand smoke is just as harmful as if you were to smoke.

-Be sure to walk at least 300 yards daily. This can be broken up in multiple short trips. It is OK and recommended that you walk more than the minimum of 300 yards. This will help prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT’s/Blood Clots) and Pulmonary Embolisms (PE’s).

-Call the office to schedule a follow up appointment for approximately 1-2 weeks after surgery.