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After Biopsy Procedure

“General Instructions Following Oral Surgery” should be followed, in addition to these special instructions unique to your surgery. After an incisional or excisional biopsy is performed, the tissue and/or bone is forwarded to the UBC Department of Pathology for analysis and diagnosis.


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  • Minimal bleeding or oozing may occur and if needed a damp sterile piece of gauze directly on the wound can be used.
  • Some moderate swelling may occur several hours after surgery, reaching a maximum in three days.
  • You may be prescribed a pain medication which can be taken as needed. Often Advil/Motrin (Ibuprofen), if tolerated, is sufficient for post operative discomfort.
  • Soft, cool foods and liquids may be easier to eat otherwise, diet as tolerated.
  • Avoid hot fluids and the use of a drinking straw for one week.
  • Resorbable stitches are usually used and will dissolve on their own. If another type of suture is used, you will be informed and a follow up appointment made for removal of your stitches.
  • A mouth rinse will likely be prescribed and to be used for 10 days post -operatively or as instructed.
  • You may brush your teeth the evening of your surgery, but avoid the wound.
  • If required, a follow up appointment will be made. We will advise you of your pathology results once received. Note that it usually takes 2 weeks to receive this report.