General Post Operative Instructions
POST OPERATIVE CARE IS VERY IMPORTANT.UNNECESSARY PAIN AND THE COMPLICATION FROM INFECTION AND SWELLING CAN BE MINIMIZED IF THE INSTRUCTIONS ARE FOLLOWED CAREFULLY
DO’S AND DON’TS FOR THE FIRST 3 DAYS:
No spitting – swallow saliva or any traces of blood.
No vigorous rinsing with water or mouthwash.
Apply ice pack continuously or as much as possible only up to 1 hour after the surgery, this will help reduce the swelling. (Do not apply for more than 1 hour from the time of surgery)
No smoking at least for 3 days (smoking hampers healing).
Do not use a straw to drink and avoid carbonated/ aerated drinks.
No hot liquids for 1 day (room temperature or lukewarm coffee, tea or soup is fine).
You may eat anything soft and cold by chewing away from the surgical site.
Stitches have to be removed in about a week after the surgery.
A gauze pack has been placed over the surgical area, this should be kept in place by biting on it for 60 minutes only. This will help stop the bleeding. Some blood will ooze from the area of surgery, this is normal. Kindly stop the ice and remove the gauze pack after 60 minutes from the surgery.
Take the pain medications as prescribed. Restrict your activities after surgery and resume normal activity when you feel comfortable (at least after 24 hours). To minimize bleeding, sit upright and avoid exercise. If bleeding does not subside, call the number below for further instructions. Swelling can be expected, it is usually proportional to the surgery involved. Swelling around the mouth, cheeks, eyes, and sides of the face is not uncommon. This is body’s normal reaction to surgery. The swelling will not become apparent until the day following surgery, this is normal. You also experience jaw stiffness and limited opening of the mouth, this will gradually improve over the next 5 to 10 days.
AFTER 24 HOURS FROM SURGERY
High calorie, high protein intake is very important. Nourishment should be taken regularly. You should prevent dehydration by taking fluids regularly. Your food intake will be limited for the first few days. You should compensate for this by increasing your fluid intake. At least 5-6 glasses of liquid should be taken daily. Try not to miss a single meal. You will feel better, have more strength, less discomfort and heal faster if you continue to eat.
Begin rinsing at least 2-3 times a day with a cup of warm water and salt, especially after eating.
You can resume normal eating and drinking habits.
Resume normal activities.
CALL US IF :
Please do call us if you have ant questions or are concerned about your symptoms.
Painkiller cannot control the pain
Bleeding seems excessive
In case you get a fever and if pain and swelling increase after third day following the surgery