The following information
has been prepared to help answer the many questions you may have regarding
the surgical procedure which has just been performed.
- Do not blow your
- If you must sneeze,
do so with your mouth open to avoid any unnecessary pressure.
- Avoid taking in
liquids through a straw to avoid any unnecessary pressure.
- Minor transient
bleeding from the nose is common.
- The presence of
small bone particles in the mouth is common and not of concern.
- Minor swelling
may follow your procedure. This swelling usually peaks at 48 hours post-operatively.
To prevent or minimize swelling, it is advisable to place an ice pack
over the area for the next two hours after the appointment. Crushed
ice in a zip-loc plastic bag works well. Place on the cheek near the
surgical site for 20 minutes, then off for 15 minutes, then on again,
and so on. Call this office if swelling around your faws increases greatly.
- It is not unusual
to have a certain amount of discomfort for a day or two following your
surgery. In many instances, two Tylenol or Advil tablets
taken every 4 hours, but not more than 10 tablets daily, will be sufficient
to relieve discomfort. It is best not to take aspirin, as it can interfere
with blood clotting. If necessary, you will be given a prescription
for a more potent medication to allow for a mild postsurgical recovery
period. Take as directed on the label. If significant discomfort persists,
please contact Dr. Orr.
- Make sure you faithfully
take your entire antibiotic prescription as directed.
- If you feel congested,
you may use antihistamines or decongestants. Over the counter products
such as Sudafed, Tavist-D, or Dimetapp work well. Avoid any non-saline
- Avoid pulling on
the lips to peer at the wound site, as this can tear delicate sutures.
- Please do not smoke
– this greatly inhibits proper healing.