Biopsy - Postoperative Instructions
Care of the mouth after surgery has an important effect on healing. Swelling, discomfort, bleeding and restricted jaw movement are all expected. The following instructions can minimize these effects.
PainDiscomfort is expected. We recommend that you start taking Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) every six hours for the next 3 days.
Care of MouthDo not rinse your mouth the day of surgery. The morning after surgery rinse gently using the PRESCRIPTION antimicrobial mouth wash. When brushing your teeth the day after surgery, avoid the surgical site(s).
Diet After surgery, follow the selected instructions: A soft food diet is recommended for at least 7 days. Drink plenty of fluids. In addition, avoid using straws instead use a spoon if necessary. In the week following your extraction you are advised to avoid foods that require chewing.
Swelling Swelling is at its greatest 2 days after surgery, and then will gradually disappear. After your surgery apply ice to the operated side of the face as soon as possible. Apply cold packs as much as possible. Continue through the day after your surgery.
Nausea Nausea after surgery is not uncommon. Small sips of tea, 7-up or ginger ale may help.
Smoking Do not smoke for at least two weeks following your surgery. Talk with your physician about quitting.
SmokingIt is not unusual to have bleeding for 48 hours and periodic breakthrough bleeding for 10 days after surgery.
||A folded piece of gauze has been placed in the area of surgery prior to your leaving the office. Apply constant pressure for 20 minutes. Remove the gauze and discard after 20 minutes. Replace the gauze only if needed. Avoid spitting or rinsing the day of your surgery.
||Small amounts of bleeding are normal after a surgical procedure. However, if you can see pooling of blood, or flowing, fold a new piece of gauze and place in area of bleeding. Apply constant pressure for 20 minutes. If there is continued bleeding, repeat with a new piece of gauze.
ActivityThe day of surgery, limited activity is best. Resting in a reclined position is most comfortable. Limit vigorous activity for the next few days. If your procedure was done with sedation, DO NOT DRIVE AFTER PROCEDURE FOR 24 HOURS.
StitchesStitches may be placed at the time of surgery. In most cases, they are expected to dissolve within 5-7 days following your surgery.
NoteIn case of any problems, or if you have any questions, contact the office at any time. Please try to anticipate prescription refills or care problems during office hours. Prescriptions will not be filled over the weekend.
EmergencyIf you feel you are experiencing a life threatening emergency, call 911 immediately.