Post-Operative Care Following Oral Surgery - Page 1

IMMEDIATELY AFTER SURGERY, keep GAUZE PADS OVER AREA with BITING PRESSURE changing every 30 minutes until bleeding stops.

SOME OOZING OF BLOOD may occur on the FIRST AND SECOND DAYS FOLLOWING THE PROCEDURE. This type of bleeding may be controlled by first wiping off any old clots and then placing sterile pads over the area and biting firmly for 1/2 hour at a time. If bleeding persists, place a moist tea bag over the area and bite down hard for 45 minutes.

Do not spit, drink through a straw, or rinse until the day after surgery as this may cause bleeding.

TO MINIMIZE PROBLEMS, NO SMOKING, CHEWING OR DIPPING OF TOBACCO FOR ONE WEEK FOLLOWING SURGERY.

SWELLING AROUND THE MOUTH, CHEEKS, EYES, AND NECK MAY FOLLOW SOME SURGICAL PROCEDURES. This is the body's normal reaction and the swelling usually subsides in several days. TO REDUCE ORDINARY POST-OPERATIVE SWELLING, APPLY AN ICE BAG (15 MINUTES ON AND 15 MINUTES OFF) FOR THE FIRST 24 HOURS FOLLOWING THE PROCEDURE. The head should also be elevated for the first couple of postoperative days.

After a general anesthetic, the patient SHOULD FIRST HAVE SWEET, CLEAR BEVERAGES (Sprite, Ginger Ale, 7-Up). After about six hours and if there is no nausea, they may begin a soft diet.

As necessary, take prescription pain medicine as instructed. As soon as possible, switch to ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or aspirin.

Some individuals experience nausea and vomiting following general anesthesia. If so, sip Sprite, Ginger Ale, or 7-Up. The Nausea usually subsides after several hours. If it does not, NOTIFY DR. CROWLEY.

THE DAY AFTER SURGERY, RINSE MOUTH WITH 1/2 TEASPOON OF SALT to a full glass of WARM WATER. Rinse after each meal and before retiring at night. DO NOT RINSE IF THERE IS SIGNIFICANT BLEEDING FROM THE SURGICAL AREA.

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Maurice R. Crowley, D.M.D.

Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

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1919 State Street
New Albany, Indiana 47150

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