Relief of pain
The local anaesthetic that you have had will wear off in the next 1 to 2 hours. You may have some discomfort
Provided you do not have an allergy to the painkiller, it is safe to use over-the-counter painkillers to reduce your pain so you can be more active.
It is important to use painkillers carefully, as they have side effects. Paracetamol is the simplest and safest painkiller. However, always get advice before taking paracetamol if you have liver or kidney problems
You could also try anti-inflammatory tablets like Ibuprofen as long as you don’t have a condition (such as a stomach ulcer) that prevents you using them.
Always take your painkillers at regular intervals at the recommended dose / exactly as prescribed. This is to make sure they work as well as possible for you. The aim is for pain control to be constant.
Putting off taking painkillers can make the pain more severe. It may then take longer to get it under control when you do take them.
If over-the-counter painkillers do not work, ask for help from your GP or pharmacist
Please do not use a hot water bottle as this can lead to scalding of the skin.
Check with your GP if you have been prescribed other analgesia.
You should try and rest as much as much as possible today.
Please keep the dressing on and the area dry for 48 hours. The dressing can then be changed, again keeping dry. Ideally, the wound should be covered until any stitches are removed.
If bathing, never leave a wet dressing in place. Wash your hands and change it for a plain plaster. A wet dressing increases your risk of infection. Wash your hair carefully.
The signs of infection can be any of the following:
- Increasing pain at the site
- Swelling, redness
- A pus-like discharge
If you are concerned about any of the above, see your practice nurse promptly, taking this leaflet with you. Your practice nurse is the first point of contact. They will be able to assess your wound if you suspect it is infected.
If you experience persistent pain after 48 hours you may need advice from your GP.
The operation site will be checked for bleeding before you leave the department. If bleeding occurs at home, do not disturb the dressing. Press firmly on the area, for a full 15 minutes (by a clock). Do not take the dressing off, put an additional “pressure dressing” on top of the original.
If bleeding persists you will need to visit your practice nurse or local Emergency Department for assessment. A clean dressing will be provided once bleeding has settled if this is necessary.
Be vigilant for bleeding if you take anticoagulants, e.g. Aspirin or Warfarin.