Post-op expectations for soft tissue surgery:

Cysts/Lipoma/Lymph node biopsy/Melanoma

  • Some tenderness at surgical site is normal.
  • There may be some redness around incision.
  • Mild drainage is not uncommon.
  • You may notice a bump under the incision. Providing the bump doesn’t get bigger, no need to be concerned. Some fluid collection is normal.
  • You should be seen in the office for follow-up 1-2 weeks after surgery. Please call and schedule an appointment.


  • Applying ice to surgical site may help with pain and swelling.
  • If prescribed pain medication, use as directed. Otherwise, you may use over-the-counter medications like Advil, Motrin, Aleve or Tylenol for pain control.
  • Remove dressing the morning after surgery.
  • If surgical glue is present over incision, do not disrupt it.
  • You may shower once the dressing is removed.
  • Clean with mild soap and water. Pat incision dry.
  • After showering, no dressing is needed unless wound is draining fluid.
  • DO NOT apply any lotion or ointments to the wound.

When to call the office:

  • Persistent fevers over 101 degrees F (39 C)
  • Pain that is not relieved by your medications
  • Persistent nausea or vomiting
  • Chills
  • Purulent drainage (pus) from incision
  • Worsening redness of wound