Post Operative Instructions

To minimize complications and help ensure prompt recovery, please follow the simple instructions below. Remember a certain amount of bleeding, swelling and pain may be expected and is normal following surgery.

Activity:
Over-activity may hinder formation of a blood clot, which is necessary for proper healing. Reduce your activity for several hours and avoid unnecessary talking.

Bleeding:
Immediately following your treatment, apply steady pressure to the gauze pad directly over the surgery site for one-half hour to permit formation of a blood clot, then gently remove the gauze pad. If heavy bleeding persists, repeat the above procedure with a fresh folded gauze pad.

Swelling:
Your swelling may not reach its peak for 3 days. To hinder swelling, apply an ice pack to the outside of the face near the affected area immediately following your treatment; use 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off for the next 4 hours. The day after, use moist heat packs for swelling and to increase circulation. Continue using heat packs as long as needed.

Pain:
Immediately following your treatment, begin taking prescribed medication as directed to minimize discomfort when the anesthesia wears off. Do not drink or drive while taking prescribed pain medication. Taking pain medications on an empty stomach may cause nausea. For mild to average pain, use Advil or Tylenol as directed.

Eating:
Maintain a proper diet. Eat soft, nutritious foods and drink plenty of liquids. Do not drink through a straw. Avoid foods and liquids that are hot during the first 24 hours to prevent recurring bleeding, burning and irritation to the surgery sites.

Oral Hygiene:
Do not rinse your mouth or smoke. The following day, resume your normal brushing and oral hygiene and begin rinsing gently using one-quarter teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water, especially after every meal. Continue rinses for one full week. Rinsing removes food and debris from the surgery sites, helps prevent infection and promotes healing.

Postoperative Visit:
This scheduled visit is very important. Should you have any problem prior to this visit, such as excessive bleeding, swelling or pain, call our office immediately at (408) 270-9450. If you are unable to reach us in an emergency, call your medical doctor, Regional Medical Center of San Jose Emergency Room (408) 259-5000 or 911.