Post Op Biopsy


ACTIVITY – Keep quiet and generally take it easy for the first 24 hours after your surgery.      

DIET – Start with liquids. Do not chew food until the numb feeling has resolved.  Avoid hot foods for 48 hours. 

 BLEEDING – Slight bleeding mixed in saliva is common up to 48 hours after surgery.       If bleeding is severe, place gauze over surgical site and apply pressure for 20 minutes.  If bleeding continues, place a moistened tea bag over the surgical site and apply pressure for 20 minutes.  If excessive bleeding continues, contact our office.

 PAIN – You can expect some discomfort after surgery. The second day may have increased discomfort along with swelling and possible bruising.  Take pain medicine as needed.

 SMOKING – Do not smoke for one to two weeks. 

 CLEANING – Maintain normal oral hygiene, but keep your tooth brush away from the surgical area. Gently rinse your mouth with salt water to keep the surgical site clean.

 SUTURES – Do not forcibly pull your lips or cheeks away to visualize the surgical site. It is possible that the sutures can be torn.  Sutures will normally dissolve in 5-7 days.  If sutures come out prematurely, do not panic.  There are typically several sutures placed at the surgical site and the loss of one or two sutures should not affect the overall healing of the site.

 NO SUTURES – You may not have required sutures after the biopsy procedure. In this case, the base of the wound would be cauterized to control the bleeding.  The wound may appear brown or black for the first 1-2 days.  The wound will then have a white or yellow “film” on top.  This is a wet scab that will slowly resolve after 1-2 weeks.

 FOLLOW-UP – Return to the office for your follow-up visit as scheduled.


Please contact the office if you have questions or concerns. 910-509-1422 (office phone)

910-620-3897 (alternate phone)