By following these instructions carefully the patient can avoid the complications which lead to unnecessary discomfort delayed recovery, or a compromised result which could lead to further surgery. Should any undue reaction or complications arise, notify the office immediately.
Fracture Post-Operative Instructions
- 1) Take any special medications such as antibiotic we have prescribed on the specified dosing schedule. Yogurt with active cultures or addophilus should be taken while on antibiotics to prevent diarrhea. It is important to take the antibiotic to completion (as directed). If you are given antibiotics and take birth control pills, you should be aware that the birth control pill may become ineffective, therefore please consider alternative contraception measures.
- 2) Some degree of discomfort and pain may arise as the numbness subsides. At the first sign of pain or discomfort take the prescribed non-narcotic medication. If the pain persists, you can follow up the non-narcotic medication with the prescribed narcotic. Please be advised that prior to taking any narcotic medication, you must eat, as not doing so can cause nausea / vomiting.
- 3) Limit physical activity during the first 24–48 hours after surgery. Over exertion may lead to post-operative bleeding and discomfort. When you lie down, keep your head elevated at least 45 degrees on a pillow.
- 4) Apply ice to your face for the first three days (72 hours) after surgery
- 5) Begin application of warm compresses on the fourth day following surgery
- 6) You should resume brushing your teeth the morning following surgery. This is to be done very gently utilizing a soft bristle tooth brush. Warm salt water rinses should be done following brushing, as well as after mealtime and then again at bedtime. (8 oz. of warm water and 1 tsp. of salt).
- 7) Peridex mouth rinse is to be used twice a day. Swish for 1 min. then spit. Once in the morning then again at bedtime.
- 8) Wax has been provided for you and is to be used to smooth over any areas of wire which may cause discomfort or irritation to the gums. Be sure to remove wax before meals as well as for brushing and rinsing. It is extremely important to you recovery to keep up good oral hygiene.
- 9) Diet should consist of liquids and pureed foods. A multivitamin and dietary drink supplements are highly encouraged (i.e. Ensure). Use of a straw will be necessary.