The first days, weeks and months following your surgery are critical to its success - and your recovery. These post-op instructions will help you recover smoothly and quickly.
Post-Operative Instructions & Care
Feeling anxious about an upcoming surgery? Preparing well may help to calm your nerves.
Here's what you can expect to happen after your procedure (post-op) at Clinique de Chirurgie Maxillo-Faciale du Grand Montréal, and the steps you should take as you recover.
See the list below for care and patient information for some of our more common procedures.
Have more questions? Contact us and we will be in touch.
If you have had surgery, follow these instructions after surgery to reduce any pain and discomfort and to aid recovery.
- Swelling, Bruising & Discomfort
Following surgery, swelling, bruising and moderate discomfort may begin 24 hours after surgery, and increase for 48 hours, then gradually subside. This is completely normal. You can follow these instructions to minimize and alleviate discomfort:
- For minor discomfort, take over-the-counter medications as required, as long as you are not allergic. Do not use aspirin products.
- For the first couple of nights after surgery, use an extra pillow to elevate your head while sleeping.
- If you experience discomfort of a more intense nature, use the prescription provided to you. Antibiotics and other prescribed medications must be taken as directed.
- Medications and antibiotics
Take any prescribed medications as directed. You should also refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages while taking any prescribed medications.
Contact us if you have any questions about your prescribed medications or antibiotics. For minor pain, over-the-counter medication may be sufficient.
In the first few days after surgery, eat a soft diet. Try yogurt, soup, Jell-O, and other liquid foods and beverages.
Starting the next day, you may start to gradually increase the consistency of foods if you feel well. Avoid very hot foods and drinking with a straw, as it can increase bleeding.
Nausea is a common post-operatory side effect of narcotic analgesics (hydromorphone, hydrocodone or codeine).
- Oral Hygiene
Wait 24 hours after surgery to rinse your mouth Keep in mind your surgeon's advice to be gentle with the surgical site. Starting 24 hours after surgery, you may rinse after each meal or snack, and before going to sleep at night.
Stitches should dissolve following your procedure.
- Follow-up Appointments
Attend followup appointments with your surgeon and/or dentist as required.
Other Lifestyle Instructions
To ensure a quick recovery, we recommend clients refrain from smoking during the first 48 hours after surgery, and minimize your smoking while you heal.
Don't do any strenuous exercise for two days after surgery, as this may increase your risk of bleeding.
Questions or Concerns?
We expect your recovery will be smooth and uneventful. However, if you have any issues, questions or concerns regarding your treatment or medication, please feel free to contact our office.