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Dermal Cyst Excision

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

A dermal cyst excision is a procedure to remove a cyst that has grown under your skin.

AFTER YOU LEAVE:

Medicines:

  • Medicines help decrease pain or swelling, and prevent an infection caused by bacteria.

  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your primary healthcare provider (PHP) if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Wound care:

Care for your wound as directed. Carefully wash the wound with soap and water. Pat the area dry with a clean towel if you do not have a bandage. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty.

Follow up with your PHP or surgeon as directed:

You may need to return to have your stitches removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Contact your PHP or surgeon if:

  • You have a fever.

  • You have worse pain, even after you take medicine.

  • You have a new cyst.

  • You have bruises that do not go away.

  • The skin around your wound is numb.

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You have severe pain.

  • Your stitches come apart.

  • Blood soaks through your bandage.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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