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Post Operative Block Graft Instructions
- Rest quietly with your head elevated for the remainder of the day.
- Always get up slowly from a reclining position to prevent dizziness.
- Limit physical activity as if you have a cold or the flu.
- To encourage rapid healing please rest!
- As soon as possible, place an ice pack on your face over the surgical area; 20 minutes on and 10 minutes off.
- Use the ice pack for the first 24-48 hours following surgery. This will contribute to your comfort and minimize swelling.
- Moist heat may be applied 2 days following surgery for added comfort.
- Ideally, pain medication should be taken BEFORE numbness wears off. You may wish to take your pain medication at our office immediately following surgery, but you MUST HAVE A DRIVER. If you do not have a driver you may take the medication as prescribed as soon as you arrive at home.
- Ibuprofen (Motrin) should be taken for the first 48 hours regardless of pain, it is a Non Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug, (NSAID) which will help with the swelling. (Adults do not exceed 800mg four times a day.)
- If an antibiotic was prescribed, take it as directed until it is ALL GONE.
- Some pain medications may cause light-headedness. Lying down will help this.
- Some medications may cause an upset stomach. Taking these with food will lessen this effect.
- Do not brush, floss, rinse and spit the day of surgery. This may dislodge the clot that has formed and cause bleeding.
- You may begin to brush NON-SURGICAL areas the day following surgery. Remember to rinse very gently.
- Begin rinsing with the prescription peridex mouth-rinse 24 hours after your surgery.
- Eat softer foods such as pasta, eggs, yogurt, baked potatoes or hot cereal.
- Avoid extremes: very hot, very cold, acidic foods such as oranges and tomatoes. Also avoid chewy or sharp foods.
- Maintain a balanced diet.
- Fluids should be consumed as soon as possible. It is recommended that you drink 6-8 glasses of water over the remainder of the day following surgery.
- Avoid using a straw as it may cause a suction, which may loosen clotting and cause bleeding.
- Some seepage of blood is expected, however, extensive bleeding should not occur. If such bleeding should occur, apply firm pressure with moist gauze or a warm, moistened tea bag to the area for 20 minutes. If bleeding does not subside, please call.
- DO NOT CONSUME ALCOHOL WHILE ON PAIN MEDICATION OR ANTIBIOTICS!
- Avoid the use of alcohol products for 2 days after surgery or until you are no longer taking pain medication or antibiotics. Alcohol is a blood thinner and may cause bleeding and delay the healing process, it may also affect the antibiotic medication.
- Some swelling often occurs and this is normal. However, if swelling seems excessive and is accompanied by fever, please call immediately.
Surgical Stent (if one was provided):
- The plastic stent is used to protect the surgical site. Wear it continuously until instructed, removing only to clean.
- We strongly advise NO SMOKING 2 weeks before and after surgery. Smoking delays healing, increases discomfort, and may encourage bleeding and infection in the surgical site.
If you have any questions or concerns please call us!