5 First Village Drive Pinehurst, NC  28374 | (910) 235-2967 

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Dr. Stephen Vance – 5 First Village Dr. Pinehurst, NC – (910) 235-2967


Post-Operative Wound Care

Our office hours are Monday – Thursday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Please feel free to contact our office at (910) 235–2967 if you have any questions.


When should I call my doctor?


  • If bleeding soaks the dressing.  Apply firm pressure for 10 minutes to stop bleeding.

  • If you have increased:

    • Pain or swelling

    • Pus or drainage

    • Fever over 101.0℉ (38.3℃)

    • Redness or warmth around wound

    • If the stitches come out of the incision comes apart

How do I care for my wound?


  • Keep the bandage dry and in place for ______ days.  Remove on  _______________.

  • Do not bend, stretch, or lift heavy objects. Do not lie down on the side where your bandage is.

  • Keep the area with the bandage up on pillows.  This will help keep your swelling down.

  • If your doctor says you can:

  • You may take acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or ibuprofen (Advil®/Motrin®) for pain.

  • You can take naproxen (Aleve®)  instead of ibuprofen if you wish


What supplies will I need to clean or bandage my wound?


  • Hydrogen peroxide

  • Cotton swabs

  • Vaseline® ointment

  • Band aids® or gauze tape and dressing  (if needed)

How do I take off my wound bandage?


  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after all wound care.

  • To take off the old dressing:

  • Soak or pour water over the dressing if it sticks to the wound. Soaking might take 10 to 15 minutes

  • You may now shower or bath and begin wound care. You can now get the stitches/wound area wet 

How do I clean my stitches or wound?


  • Clean the stitches/wound twice a day with soap and water

  • Pour a small amount of hydrogen peroxide into a clean container

  • Dip a cotton swab into the hydrogen peroxide. Roll the cotton swab over the stitches/wound

  • It is normal for the hydrogen peroxide to bubble or foam when it touches the wound. This does not mean your wound has an infection

  • Do not let a scab form on the wound

How do I put a bandage back on my wound?


  • Use a cotton swab to put a thick amount of Vaseline® ointment on the stitches or wound

  • Cover the stitches or wound with a bandage. This will protect your wound from dust or clothing

  • Keep doing your wound care until you see your doctor again

  • Your stitches need to be taken out in ______ days