The following INSTRUCTIONS ON HOME CARE will help you to reduce the post-operative discomfort and assist in an uneventful healing:
To stop the bleeding, you should bite on the gauze pack and make sure it remains in place, for 30 – 40 minutes.
You will also be given a pack of gauze to take home. You’ll have to make sure to change the gauze pads and use them as instructed, until the bleeding stops completely. You may remove the gauze pack for eating or drinking and replace it when you have finished.
To replace the gauze, you will fold the gauze thick enough, and place it over the surgical site so that you can feel light pressure when you bite on it. If bleeding is severe, you should first check if you have correctly placed the gauze pad to exert pressure on the surgical site. You’ll need to call your doctor if bleeding persists or increases, despite using the gauze pad correctly.
During the healing period, a blood clot should form. You should avoid vigorous rinsing and do not disturb the surgical site with finger or tongue.
Smoking can adversely affect wound healing. Please do not smoke for at least 72 hours following your surgery. You should avoid alcoholic drinks during this period as well.
To relieve the discomfort after the surgery, you will be given an analgesic or painkiller which should be taken as instructed.
You should complete the course of antibiotics if it has been prescribed for you. You should report any untoward reactions to any medications.
You can decrease discomfort and swelling by applying an ice pack for 20 minutes every hour, for the first six hours following surgery. You can continue applying an ice pack for as long as two days following surgery. After two days, you may apply moist heat such as warm hand towel, to the area.
In order to minimize swelling and bleeding, you may want to sleep with your head elevated for the first twenty-four to forty-eight hours after the surgery. You have to make sure you relax as much as possible and avoid all strenuous activities for as long as three days following the surgery.
You’ll have to drink at least eight glasses of water or fruit juice everyday and try to limit you diet to nourishing soft foods such as yogurt, blended porridge or soup during the first week of surgery. Avoid extremely hot foods and liquid. If you are diabetic, maintain you normal eating habits as much as possible and follow instructions from you physician regarding your medication schedule.
You may occasionally experience nausea which is sometimes caused by the medications. Nausea may be reduced by preceding each pill with a small amount of soft food, then taking the pill with a large amount of water. Staying in a reclined position may settle the stomach. You may be prescribed a medication for nausea, which should be taken as directed.
Keeping your mouth clean after surgery is essential. Please start mouth rinse and tooth brushing on the evening or the day following your surgery. Gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water (half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water) at least 4 -5 times a day. Rinse gently and spit carefully. Brush gently using a soft toothbrush and be careful in the area of surgery. If you are prescribed an antiseptic mouth rinse, please use it twice a day after brushing. You will keep the solution in the mouth for one minute then spit out. Do not eat, drink or rinse your mouth immediately after using the medicated rinse.
If the maxillary sinus is involved, you will be instructed on special care to prevent an infection.
If you follow all the post-operative instructions you shouldn’t have any complications. However, if you’re having any problems or questions make sure you call your doctor’s office right away.
Remember your follow-up visit so that the doctor can make certain that healing is progressing satisfactorily.
Thank you for your cooperation and we wish you a speedy recovery.