Post Operative Instructions

Postoperative Instructions Download

  1. 1) For 24 hours no spitting, no rinsing of your mouth and no sucking motions such straws or popsicle’s as these tend to dislodge the blood clot forming at the surgical site.
  2. 2) Use a moist gauze pack if any bleeding occurs and bite tightly on it for 20 mins. Repeat as necessary in 20 minute increments.
  3. 3) Sit with your head elevated and sleep on at least one pillow today.
  4. 4) In 24 hours use a tablespoon of salt dissolved in a tall glass of water and rinse gently every two hours while you’re awake for 5 days then switch to savacol mouthwash 3 times per day for 2 weeks.
  5. Use ice packs [i.e. frozen peas or frozen corn work beautifully] on the side of your face where surgery was performed for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off as much as possible for the first three days, during waking hours. The swelling will get progressively worse for three days before subsiding and this is normal. Then on the fourth day onward  use moist heat (i.e. a warm moist wash cloth).
  6. Have a soft diet over the next few days as required [i.e. soup, noodles, scrambled eggs etc].As soon as you feel like eating more solid food you may do so.
  7.  For pain you should take 2 neurofen immediately and then 3 times per day as needed. Do not exceed 6 tablets per 24 hr period.
  8. If neurofen alone does not manage your pain you can take either 2 panadol 500 ( if breakthrough pain is mild) or 1-2 codalgen forte ( if breakthrough pain is SEVERE) every 6 hours on top of the nurofen. Note that nurofen should always be used first before any other pain medications.
  9. If you’ve had sedation then you may not operate any type of machinery [i.e. tractors, trucks, heavy equipment or  any type of motor vehicle for at least 24 hours after your anesthetic was completed. Also patients who have had sedation may should not be looking after or be responsible for children or the elderly for at least 24 hours, make any financial decisions or doing anything else where they could harm themselves or others.
  10. Due to the type of medications used for your sedation it is normal to have a loss of short-term memory for the first 24 hours.  That means you must inform your caregivers that you will ask the same questions over and over again not remembering that the questions have been answered several times before.  This is a normal side effect of the medication.
  11. All antibiotics prescritions [i.e. clindamycin, amoxicillin, and doxycycline] must be finished.  If you feel the need to discontinue these medications Dr. Field should be consulted immediately.
  12. The patient should get up every few hours and walk around the house to prevent DVT’s ( deep vein thrombosis
  13. For postoperative emergencies/inquiries Dr. Field can be reached as follows:-
  14. mobile  0478622354
  15. -email
  16. -office 03 55232899