Pre-Post Op Instructions

Instructions prior to your surgery

  • Absolutely NO EATING OR DRINKING (including water after midnight, the night before your surgery).
  • You must be accompanied by a responsible adult (if a minor must bring a parent) who will be prepared to drive you home and care for you the day of surgery.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing with short sleeves. Leave jewelry (facial and tongue included) and contact lenses at home, otherwise remove then prior to your surgery.
  • Good oral hygiene is essential for proper healing. Brush and floss your teeth prior to surgery.
  • Do not take aspirin or aspirin compounds for two weeks prior to surgery. If the doctor has instructed you to take any medications prior to your surgery do so with a small amount of water.
  • Please bring your surgical fee the day of surgery and complete your financial arrangements with our Insurance Dept. prior to your surgery. You will not be alert enough to handle financial arrangements after surgery.
  • Avoid smoking, alcoholic beverages, and any recreational drugs prior to general anesthesia for you own safety and protection.

Post Op Instructions

HYGIENE

  • Wait 24 hours before rinsing mouth.
  • Mouth rinse with warm water and saline (1/2 teaspoon salt in one glass of water).
  • Light brushing with care taken in areas of incision.
  • Apply cream to lips to aid with dryness.
  • No spitting for 3 days.
  • No smoking for 7 to 10 days.

BLEEDING

  • Oozing may occur for several days–occasionally through the nose.
  • Do not blow nose if maxillary (upper jaw) procedure has been done.
  • With gauze or Kleenex remove excess blood by wiping and apply pressure to the area for at least 45 minutes and avoid talking during this time.
  • Call if you have continued problems.

PAIN

  • Take pain medication as directed only as necessary.
  • At times, pain may be muscular in origin and may be helped by moist hot packs applied over the areas.

SWELLING

  • Swelling is normal following many surgical procedures such as removal of wisdom teeth. This swelling may be minimized by the immediate use of ice or cold packs. Place pack for 15 minutes then off for 5 minutes. Continue this until bedtime. Prolonged use is of no value. The swelling should be the greatest the second or third day after surgery, and then slowly recede.
  • If swelling begins to increase after this, it may be a sign of infection and we should be called.

DISCOLORATION

  • You may develop black and blue tissue areas. They are the result of bleeding into the tissue and are of little significance.

DIET

  • Foods high in protein are important to promote healing.
  • Avoid chewing directly over surgery site.
  • After fracture with Intermaxillary Fixation (Jaw wired shut); Nutritious fluids – high protein, high calorie diet. ——–Thickened foods as can be tolerated thru the openings between the teeth.
  • After fracture with No Intermaxillary Fixation: Liquids and pureed diet. No Chewing.
  • No straws for 2 to 3 days.

NUMBNESS

  • This may occur, depending on the surgical procedure. Be careful of trauma to the area and hot foods.

ANTIBIOTIC

  • Take as directed until completed. Call if any reactions or rash occur.

MEDICINES

  • Along with antibiotics and pain medicine, take all other medicines as prescribed. Read directions carefully.

ACTIVITY

  • Mild, we encourage mild activities as soon as can be tolerated after surgery. Strenuous activity should be avoided. Ask your doctor for guidelines in your case.
  • Please call the office. Doctor is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

FOLLOW-UP

  • Please keep your scheduled follow up appointment.

EMERGENCIES

  • Please call the office. Doctor is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.