What Do I Need to Do After the Surgery?

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  • Go directly home and continue any medications the doctor has suggested or prescribed.
  • Rest and do not drive or operate machinery.
  • Apply a cold compress, twenty minutes on, twenty minutes off, during the remainder of the day.
  • Do not be alarmed if swelling occurs. Any swelling or bruising will occur in the 1st 48 hrs and may last up to one week.
  • If medication is prescribed, follow instructions. Remember to take any pain medication with food.
  • Stay on a soft diet on the day of surgery, nothing hot or spicy; lukewarm or cool foods are best. Avoid foods with husks, skins, or small seeds for 2-3 weeks.
  • Do not lift your lip to examine stitches. This may cause them to tear.
  • The next day, brush in the normal manner but be particularly careful near the operated area. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt to one glass of warm water) every 3 hours. Thereafter, rinse after meals and at bedtime until the stitches are removed.
  • Please refrain from smoking for at least two weeks after surgery.
  • Avoid drinking through straws.
  • Sleep with an old pillowcase and a towel over your pillow.
  • If you develop a fever, call the office.

If you have any questions after reviewing these instructions, please contact our office during regular business hours. If an emergency arises, call any time and follow instructions.

Phone: Office 812-402-9600

Toll Free: 1-866-397-5740

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