The Redmond Clinic

Wound Care

Post-Operative Wound Care Advice and Procedures:

The Importance of Proper Aftercare

After your procedure it is important that the correct wound care advice and procedures are followed. Below entails all the necessary information regarding your post operative experience.

The Redmond Clinic – Post Operative and Wound Care Advice:

Immediately Post Op:

  • Make sure you have a wound care sheet going home and understand it.
  • This information is also available on Professor Redmond’s Website –
  • Make sure you have access to over the counter simple analgesia after discharge.

Post-Operative Day 1-6:

  • Do not disturb the dressing during this period.
  • Unless otherwise stated you will have a Tegaderm dressing. This is waterproof so you can shower and function normally.
  • If the wound is on the face or scalp you may just have Polysporin Ointment applied and you will receive a tube of this on discharge to use daily for 3-5 days.
  • If the wound becomes increasingly painful and red or discharges pus is it possibly infected. Please contact your GP, Professor Redmond’s Surgical team in Cork University Hospital or Professor Redmond’s Practice Manager in the Private Clinic on 021-4941367 or

Post-Operative Day 7:

  • You can remove your dressing. This can be done in the shower if more convenient.
  • You will notice Steri-Strips on your wound after the dressing is removed. You can leave these for a few more day and then peel them off or you can allow them to fall off in the shower.

Post-Operative Day 10-14:

  • This section applies to non-dissolvable sutures (sutures that need removal).
  • They can be removed from day 10-14. If it is on the face it can be removed from day 5-7.
  • You should make an appointment with your GP or Practice Nurse to have the sutures removed.

Post-Operative Day 14 Onwards:

  • Avoid excess strain on the wound for the first post-operative month.
  • You can apply a wound care product such as Bio-Oil, Dermatix or Kelocote after two weeks. Follow the purchased products instructions.
  • If the wound bleeds at any stage, press on it firmly for 20 minutes with a clean tissue or dressing. If the bleeding persists for more than 20 minutes contact your GP or visit the Emergency Department of your local hospital.

General Post-Operative Instructions:

  • You will experience numbness after the local anesthetic for several hours after which the surgery area will regain sensation.
  • You must ensure you have a post-operative return appointment or tele-consult appointment before discharge for your biopsy results and wound check.
  • If you are a private patient please contact Professor Redmond’s Private Clinic on 021-4941367 or email
  • If you have a possible complication please contact Professor Redmond’s Practice Manager on 021-4941367or email

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Contact Us For More Information

For any queries regarding the above procedures and guidelines please contact our office on 021-4941367 or