What is included in the postoperative care of complex lip laceration?

Updated: May 03, 2018
  • Author: Gretchen S Lent, MD; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Ensure that tetanus status is up to date. [17]

Antibiotic ointment or petroleum jelly may be placed daily over the skin surface of the laceration. [18] This should be avoided with absorbable sutures, however, as it may inappropriately hasten absorption.

Cold packs, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or acetaminophen may help with pain control.

If the laceration involves the oral mucosa, consider recommending a bland diet to avoid irritating the wound.

For intraoral wounds, especially if left unclosed, consider discharging the patient with a syringe and saline. It may be helpful for them to gently irrigate the wounds after eating to keep them clean of debris.

Remove nonabsorbable sutures that are visible on the external tissue in 4-5 days to prevent scarring.

Remind patients not to allow themselves to manipulate the sutures with their tongue.


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