Post-Operative Instructions For Biopsy

Home Care Instructions For Biopsies

Day of Surgery

  • Patients with IV sedation/general anesthesia should return home immediately after discharge and have a responsible adult stay with them for 24 hours.
  • Avoid driving, swimming, making important decisions, or drinking alcohol for 24 hours.

Steps to Recovery

  • If bleeding persists after one hour, apply new gauze and pressure for 20 minutes.
  • Keep the head elevated for 48 hours.
  • Apply ice for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off for the first 24 hours.
  • Start rinsing with saltwater 24 hours after surgery, six times a day for three weeks.
  • Follow a soft foods diet for five to seven days, avoiding straws.


  • Some sutures dissolve in one to seven days; others are removed at follow-up.
  • Contact our office for fever, increased pain/swelling, rash, or difficulty breathing.
  • Contact 911 if there is swelling of the throat or difficulty breathing.
  • Avoid smoking and using Waterpiks.
  • Take antibiotics exactly as prescribed and separately from pain medication.
  • Monitor pain medication use, storing them properly and disposing of them after treatment.

Note: Follow-up with prescribed pain medication if over-the-counter options are ineffective.

Frequently Asked Questions After Having An Oral Biopsy

When can I start brushing my teeth?

You may brush the day after surgery, being careful to avoid the surgical sites.

When should I use the rinses?

Begin using the salt water rinse 24 hours after surgery, six times a day for the next three weeks: once after each meal and once in between. If prescribed a special rinse, start using it 24 hours after surgery.

How soon can I engage in strenuous activity?

We suggest avoiding strenuous activities like exercise for 5 to 7 days after surgery.

How long will I be numb after the procedure?

Loss of sensation to the chin and lip is common and usually disappears after a few days or weeks. If numbness persists beyond 24 hours after surgery, please contact our office.

Do I have to take all the pain medication?

No, you can take over-the-counter pain medication if you feel nausea or vomiting after taking the prescription medicine.


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