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Dermal Cyst Excision

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

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

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Call your doctor or surgeon if:

  • You have severe pain.
  • Your stitches come apart.
  • Blood soaks through your bandage.
  • 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 incision area is numb.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Medicines:

  • Medicines help decrease pain or swelling and prevent an infection caused by bacteria.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her 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.

Care for your incision area:

Your healthcare provider will tell you how long to leave the outer bandage over the area. He or she will show you how to change the packing, if needed.

  • Wash your hands before and after you touch or clean the area.
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  • Keep the area clean as directed. You may be told to wash the area. Your healthcare provider will tell you what to use to clean it. Pat the area dry with a clean towel.
  • Check for signs of infection , such as redness, swelling, or pus.
  • Change the packing or bandages as directed. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty.

Follow up with your doctor 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.

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