General Post-Operative Instructions

Please refer to the form(s) given to you after your procedure as there is variation in instructions depending on the procedure performed. These guidelines are general only.

Note: Be advised that antibiotics and many other medications can decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills.

DAY OF SURGERY

Facial care

Place ice packs on surgery side of face as soon as you get home (20 minutes on, 20 minutes off, until bedtime) and use continuously through today only. .

Medications

  1. Take 400mg of Ibuprofen, Motrin, or Advil (unless allergic or advised by another doctor never to take these medicines) as soon as you get home and take the prescription pain medication only as needed. Do not take these medications on an empty stomach.
  2. Antibiotic should be taken as directed on label and taken until completed.
  3. A prescription to help reduce swelling and inflammation is sometimes given. If given, take as directed on label and take until completed.

Compresses

Gauze pads were placed in areas of surgery. These should be removed as soon as you get home. If excessive bleeding is noted, apply additional gauze pads and bite down firmly for 30-45 minutes. No spitting because this will increase bleeding.

Eating

Cold liquids are important today as soon as you get home. DO NOT use any straws. Eat soft foods that require minimal chewing such as Jello, ice cream, yogurt, pudding, and shakes. Scrambled eggs and soups are fine if at room temperature.  (We want to make sure you don’t burn yourself as you may be somewhat numb)

Activity/No Smoking

No strenuous activity for at least 4-5 days. No smoking for two weeks. Smoking can cause increased pain because it interferes with healing.

Brushing

It is okay to brush your teeth on the day of surgery (rinse mouth gently). Be aware that minor bleeding may occur at the surgical site when brushing. This is no cause for alarm.

SECOND DAY

  1. Restart Peridex mouth rinse the day after surgery, if prescribed, in the evening and stop after 3 days
  2. Begin salt water rinses (1/4 teaspoon of salt to a full glass of warm water). Rinse gently three to four times a day for 5-7 days.
  3. Eat soft foods high in protein. Warm or cool foods are okay today.
  4. Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, or Aleve may help relieve discomfort. Use stronger prescription pain medication only as needed.

THIRD DAY and DAYS UNTIL FOLLOW-UP/NEXT VISIT

  1. Swelling will peak on the 3rd day after surgery and will trend down from this point forward.
  2. Continue oral rinses and advance diet as tolerated.
  3. For discomfort or swelling you may use moist heat or heating pad on low to affected side or sides of face for next 5-7 days. Use three to four times a day, approximately 10-15 minutes per side.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS for IMPLANT SURGERY

  1. A soft to liquid diet is required for 1 week (or until cleared by Dr. Brown) after surgery so the tissue over the implant(s) is not disturbed.
  2. Dentures/partials may not be worn over the area until they have been adjusted or relined. A temporary prosthesis will only allow for minimal chewing and is basically for appearance purposes.
  3. It is okay to use straws.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS AND INFORMATION

Please refer to the checked area of the form you were given. If you lost or misplaced your form, please give us a call!

REPORT ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:

  1. Increased swelling later than the third day after surgery.
  2. Increased discomfort, not relieved by medication.
  3. Elevated temperature.

One week following surgery, areas will be examined and if any sutures are present that do not resorb, they will be removed at this time. If you have any questions or problems, call 985-643-1010 (Slidell) or 985-624-8877 (Mandeville).

Please see separate tab for INSTRUCTIONS for Post-IMPLANT Stage II Surgery