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Post-Operative Instructions: General Non-Oral Surgery


All surgical procedures are associated with normal side effects and the possibility of complications. The information in this video has been compiled to help our patients understand the healing process and how to avoid problems. By following these instructions closely, you will ensure that your recovery is as comfortable as possible.

After your procedure, there is often swelling of the face and sometimes bruising of the skin. This is normal. An ice bag applied to the area (20 minutes on and 20 minutes off) for the first 24 hours will keep swelling to a minimum. Maximum swelling usually occurs within 48–72 hours after surgery. Swelling can persist for 7–10 days. If the swelling resolves but then returns, please contact our office.

Eat a light diet for the first 2 days (for example, yogurt, soup, Jell-O®, milk drinks, and meal replacements) and then progress to a more normal diet. Drink plenty of fluids to stay well hydrated.

If necessary, you will be prescribed medication to prevent and relieve discomfort. It is important to read the label to ensure the medications are taken properly. Please follow these instructions carefully. Often, over-the-counter medications are effective, and a prescription is not required. The use of these medications should be discussed with our team or your pharmacist.

If you have had IV anesthesia, please be aware of the possibility of psychomotor impairment, temporary amnesia, and re-sedation after surgery. The effects of IV anesthesia can differ from patient to patient, and a responsible adult should be present for the first 24 hours following surgery. Patients who received IV anesthesia must not drive, operate machinery, or make important decisions (sign legal documentation) for 24 hours following the procedure.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office, and we will be happy to assist in any way possible. If your issue is serious, please follow our telephone prompts to the emergency line, and we will return your call once the message is received.

I hope this information has been of value to you, and our team wishes you a smooth and comfortable recovery.

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