Post Operative Instructions

Post-operative Instructions

After a surgical procedure the following experiences are common and can be expected:
  • Soreness or pain in the surgical area or jaw joint on either side of the mouth.
  • Swelling and /or bruising.
  • Mild bleeding from the surgical site.
These experiences can be limited by following these instructions:
  • Ice: Place an ice pack on the outside of face for 20 minutes and then take it off for 20 minutes. Do this as much as possible during the first 48 hours after procedure.
  • Bleeding: It is normal to have oozing from the surgical area after the procedure for up to 24 hours, if bleeding persists, place steady pressure on the site with gauze or a damp paper towel for 20-30 minutes.
  • Pain Management: If Dr. Richardson has provided a prescription, take as directed. In addition to the prescription, Advil/Ibuprofen is recommended if you area able to take it. The recommended dose is to take 800mg three times a day. Advil/Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory and should be taken to reduce the swelling and bruising, even if only mild discomfort occurs.
  • Activity: Stay as inactive as possible the day of and the day after surgery.  Staying inactive helps prevent a rise in blood pressure, reducing bleeding risk.
  • Eating and drinking: It is important to stay hydrated, non-carbonated beverages such as water or sports drinks are ideal. Soft food should be eaten for the first several days following surgery, on the opposite side of the mouth if possible.
  • Rinsing: Do not rinse with anything the day of surgery. The day after surgery gently rinse with the provided rinse do not swish and spit vigorously. Do not rinse with any over-the-counter rinses. Warm salt water will also aid in healing and can be used beginning 24 hours after surgery.
  • Brushing: The day after the procedure you may brush gently, avoiding the surgical areas.
  • Sutures/dressing: In some cases surgical dressing is applied and this can break loose after a couple of days, this is normal.

The best rule is to leave the surgical site alone as much as possible; it will heal better. Please do not try to examine it or brush it, as this can be detrimental to the healing. If concerns arise, please call Dr. Richardson at the office during normal hours or after hours on his cell phone (352) 514-7168.