Pre-Operative Instructions: Jaw SurgeryBACK
- Patients undergoing surgical procedures on only one jaw usually go home the same day. Patients having surgery on both jaws will generally stay overnight.
- It is very important to discontinue any medications that are blood thinners or that may increase your tendency to bleed. Please stop taking the following medications at least 2 weeks before surgery:
- Any nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) – e.g., Advil®, Aleve®, Motrin®, Naprosyn®, or arthritis-type medications.
- Coumadin®/warfarin (Notify us if you are taking this medication)
- Plavix®/clopidogrel (Notify us if you are taking this medication)
- Certain herbal supplements
- Phentermine (must stop this medication 2 weeks before surgery)
- You may take Tylenol®/acetaminophen for minor pain or headaches before surgery. Tylenol® is not a blood thinner.
- If you get sick with a cold, flu, infection, or illness of any kind within 2 weeks of your surgery date, please contact the office.
- Please make sure we know you are a smoker. It is extremely important for you to stop smoking at least 2 months before surgery. You will not be able to smoke after surgery!
- Arrive at the hospital 2 hours prior to your surgery time.
- Nothing to eat or drink 8 hours prior to surgery time.
We are excited that you have chosen us for your orthognathic surgery. We look forward to providing you with an excellent outcome.