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Instructions After Treatment

Bleeding

A little bleeding is to be expected following the operation. If bleeding occurs, place a gauze pad directly over the bleeding site and apply biting pressure for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues, a moist tea bag can be used for 30 minutes. Avoid hot liquids, exercise, and elevate the head. If bleeding persists, call the office immediately.

Swelling

The area operated on may swell, reaching a maximum in 2-3 days. This usually appears as puffy cheeks or lips. Swelling and discoloration around the eye may rarely occur. A sore throat may develop since the muscles of the throat are near the extraction sites. Swelling into the throat muscles can cause pain on swallowing for 2-3 days. Use ice packs (externally) over the face at the operated area for the first 24 hours only. 20 minutes on and then remove for 20 minutes. Repeat as necessary. Keep your head above your chest at all times for the first 3 days (place 2 or 3 pillows under your head when lying flat).

Pain

For mild discomfort, take Advil/Motrin/Ibuprofen or Tylenol/Acetaminophen as instructed on the bottle. For severe pain, use the prescriptions given to you. If an antibiotic has been prescribed, finish your prescription regardless of your symptoms.

Hygiene

Do not rinse your mouth for the first day after surgery, or while there is bleeding. After the first day, use a warm salt-water rinse (1 tablespoon of salt in 1 cup of water) every four hours and following meals to flush out particles of food and debris that may lodge in the operated area. Spitting is prohibited; you may instead lean over the sink and allow liquids to passively flow out of your mouth. It is expected that you gently brush your teeth, while avoiding the surgical sites, during the healing period.

Smoking

No smoking for 48 hours after surgery. Smoking delays the healing process and can often be the cause of postoperative pain and/or infection.

Nutrition

Drink lots of clear fluids. Restrict your diet to liquids and soft foods that are comfortable for you to eat. As the wounds heal, you will be able to advance your diet. Patients undergoing corrective jaw surgery will obtain more detailed dietary instructions.

Other

If you have a high fever or uncontrollable pain, please contact the office. If the office is closed, please contact your doctor directly. If you have difficulty breathing or swallowing, someone must accompany you to the emergency department of the nearest hospital or call 911.

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