TEMPORAL ARTERY BIOPSY – Discharge Instructions

TEMPORAL ARTERY BIOPSY – Discharge Instructions

Your surgery

You have had a temporal artery biopsy, a minor operation to remove a small section of a blood vessel (artery) on the side of the head. A dressing has been applied to the skin with a thicker pressure dressing on top to minimise bruising.

Specific discharge advice

  • Your wound may be painful for the next 24 hours, you can take Paracetamol such as Panadol or Panadeine for any pain or discomfort.
  • If the wound is bleeding, apply pressure for 15 minutes.
  • If bleeding fails to stop, seek medical advice.
  • Remove the thicker outer dressing after 24 hours.
  • Remove the smaller dressing (applied to the skin) after two days.
  • Once the dressing are removed, apply antibiotic ointment three times a day for one week.
  • Take medications as directed by your doctor.
  • See your doctor in one week for removal of sutures.


Please contact our room on 03 9975 8767 or visit Emergency Department immediately if you experience any of the following after your surgery and before being assessed by your doctor:

  • Prolonged bleeding from the site of the biopsy
  • Redness, swelling or discharge from the site of the biopsy.
  • Excessive pain not relieved by Paracetamol
  • Vision changes.

Contact your GP if you:

  • Have not received the results of your biopsy within one week.
  • Are being treated with steroids to manage potential side effects of the treatment