What to Expect: Biopsy Procedures
A biopsy is when a sample of the suspected tissue is removed and sent to a pathologist for examination. Most patients will have to return for a follow up visit to discuss pathology reports.
What to Expect After Surgery
- Slight swelling
- Numbness due to anesthesia for up to six hours
- Discomfort for several days
- If suture was placed, it will dissolve or need to be removed at follow-up appointment
Please Follow These Instructions
- Drink plenty of liquids
- If bleeding occurs, apply firm pressure to area for 15-20 minutes. Repeat as needed.
- Avoid salty, spicy, crunchy, and citric foods.
- Avoid mouthwashes – rinse with saltwater three times per day for one week.
- Avoid hot foods or liquids while still numb
- Soft diet
- Avoid straws and any heavy spitting
- To reduce swelling, elevate head and use ice chips
- Reduce physical activity for 24 hours
- Let discomfort be your guide
Oral Hygiene and Smoking
It is important to maintain oral hygiene so that the wound will heal properly and not become infected. Smokers are advised not to smoke for five to seven days after surgery. Drawing on a cigarette may disturb the blood clot and thus interfere with the healing process.