These instructions apply to the surgical procedure just completed. They are designed to help you minimize post-surgical discomfort and inform you of any situation that may require special attention.
- If you have been prescribed any narcotic pain (for example : Vicodin, Coedine, Norco , hydrocodone, Oxytocin etc…), please be aware that these medication while they are better in controlling pain, they may make you drowsy. Please refrain from driving, operating heavy machinery any important decisions while under the influence of the medication. These medications should also be taken with food.
- Most patients are given Toradol after surgery. You can start taking the prescribed medication after 5 hours
- Take the prescribed pain medication for the first two days after surgery even if you do not experience discomfort. Its is harder to stop pain when it starts.
- Arnica Montana 30C – Start taking Arnica 5 days prior to surgery. Place 5 tablets under the tongue at least three time a day until it dissolves, continue to take 5 days after surgery.
- Bromelain 500 mg – Start on the day of the surgery. Take 1 tablet twice a day for seven days.
- Turneric 300 mg – Start on the day of the surgery. Take 1 tablet three times a day for seven days.
- Place the provided ice pack in the area of surgery for 15 – 20 minutes on and 15 – 20 minutes off at a time for the first 24 hours to minimize swelling.
BLEEDING PREVENTION/IN CASE OF BLEEDING:
- DO NOT rinse or spit on the first day; They all from a vacuum in the mouth and can cause bleeding.
- Smoking and drinking alcohol is not advised the first week of surgery.
- Do not drink from straw.
- No strenuous activity; no lifting over 10 lbs. ; Do not lift or pull on the lip to look at the suture.
- Slight oozing is expected on the first few days. A moist regular tea bag applied to the area may help to stop the bleeding. Keep the teabag in the area for at least 20 minutes. If bleeding persists, please call the office immediately.
- After a sinus lift, you are not allowed to blow your nose to prevent the air from irritating the sinus ; after a sinus lift, It is recommended to use a pillow for a few days and not lie flat after surgery; It is also recommended not to take an airplane trip or swim for at least a week; If you sneeze, do it with your mouth open to avoid unnecessary pressure.
**DO NOT use a waterpik or electric toothbrush until instructed
- Nutrition is important to the healing of surgery. Eat a well balanced diet
- Do not eat until the anesthetic wears off
- Eat lukewarm and semi0solid food and stay away from salads. Hot and spicy food and meats
BRUSHING: METICULOUS ORAL HYGIENE WILL PROMOTE FASTER HEALING AND PREVENT POTENTIAL INFECTION
- First Day – Dip the red toothbrush in the prescribed mouthwash and use it to clean your whole mouth
- 2nd day to 7th day – You can resume using your regular toothpaste ans toothbrush expect on the surgery site.
Gently brush the teeth involved in the surgery if it is not covered with a dressing with the red toothbrush dipped in the prescribed solution.
- Take the full course of the prescribed antibiotic until gone.
** If the antibiotics or other prescribed medication have any ill-effects, please stop taking the antibiotics and call us immediately.
DRESSING/BONE GRAFT MATERIAL:
- If the surgical area has been covered with a dressing, it is possible that either part or all might fall.
- It is expected that a little of the excess bone particles to work its way out of the site as it heals. If the sutures are loose and there are a lot of bone particles coming out, please call our office.
- Do not apply pressure with your tongue or fingers to the grafted after area, as the material is movable during the initial healing.
Emergency Line: (818) 912-0559