Although unlikely, there is a slight risk of
infection and a slight risk of persistent bleeding. If you usually form scars
after skin injuries or surgery, you could develop a scar at the biopsy
After the procedure
Your doctor will give you
specific instructions on how to care for your biopsy site. Keep the biopsy site
clean and dry until it heals completely.
Your stitches will be
taken out 3 to 14 days after the biopsy, depending on the biopsy site. Adhesive
bandages should remain in place until they fall off. This usually takes from 7
to 14 days.
The biopsy site may be sore or bleed slightly for
several days. Ask your doctor how much bleeding or other drainage is expected.
Call your doctor immediately if you have:
- Excessive bleeding or drainage through the
bandage. If excessive bleeding occurs, apply pressure to the biopsy site and
contact your doctor.
- Increased tenderness, pain, redness, or swelling at the biopsy
- A fever.
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Alexander H. Murray, MD, FRCPC - Dermatology
March 28, 2011
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