Postoperative Care Following Surgery for Patients With Infections
- Please make sure you leave the office with all of your prescriptions. If you have any questions concerning the medications prescribed, please feel free to ask the doctor before you leave.
- Take all prescribed medications as directed. Any pain medication prescribed (Vicodin, Darvocet or Tylenol with Codeine), should be taken as directed for the first 24 hour period. Please remember to take any of these medications with some food in your stomach. Do not drive, operate heavy machinery or drink alcohol while taking any of these narcotic medications.
- If you have not been given a prescription for prescription strength Motrin or Ibuprofen, please purchase a bottle of over-the-counter Motrin or Ibuprofen and take 400 mg (2 tablets) every 6 hours for the next 7 days unless specified by the doctor. If you cannot take Motrin or aspirin products due to allergies or other medical conditions, please take what you would normally take for pain. If you are unsure what you can take, please consult with the doctor. Again, it is important to take this medication with food in your stomach as well.
- Sleep or rest with your head elevated on 2 pillows for 5 days to allow the swelling to follow a downward direction.
- Apply continuous, moist heat to the face starting immediately. Taking a 15 to 20 minute hot shower twice a day, with continuous opening and closing of the mouth, is a good way to apply heat and increase mouth opening. You may use hot wash cloths or a hot water bottle wrapped in a damp towel to apply moist heat. Using dry heat may cause a burn.
Starting immediately after surgery, rinse your mouth with the Peridex mouth rinse as directed. You will, also, need to rinse with a 12 oz. glass of hot salt water every hour while you are awake.
- Please practice normal oral hygiene after surgery with care not to brush in the surgical area until it is no longer tender.
- No smoking or drinking through a straw after surgery for 1 week. Failure to do this may increase the chances of a dry socket.
- No strenuous physical activity or heavy lifting for 3 days after surgery.
- You should start drinking clear liquids as soon as possible and advance to a regular diet as soon as you can tolerate one. Avoid hot or spicy foods as they may irritate the surgical area. Failure to take enough liquids may result in dehydration and a dizzy feeling. Please call the office if you experience such a feeling.