Following issues require attention after jaw surgery:
– Bite the pack placed in your mouth after surgery for about 30 minutes. If bleeding persist after this period, place a piece of cotton or gauze pad, identical in size, in the same place and apply pressure with your teeth, after you wash your hands clearly.
– You will have mild bleeding, in the form of leakage, within the first 24 hours after the surgery. Do not gargle and do not spit for the first 48 hours, unless strictly necessary.
– Do not consume hot foods and drinks and do not take hot bath. Otherwise, you may cause bleeding. Keep your finger and tongue away from this area as much as possible.
– Aspirin, Coumadin and derivative blood thinners should be stopped before the surgery, as they may worsen the bleeding. You can resume taking them if you have no bleeding in the first day after the surgery.
– Anesthesia (numbness) will begin wearing off in about 2-3 hours. You may bite your lips and cheeks while consuming hot foods and drinks, as your lip and cheeks are numbed. Therefore, you need to consume soft foods – provided they are not hot, after the effect of local anesthesia wears off.
– Cold compression will relieve swelling in your face or cheek especially within the first 24 hours. For this purpose, add ices into a nylon bag and apply on the region over a towel. Continue this procedure for 10 minutes followed by 10-minute break throughout the day. Do not apply the ice directly on your skin.
– You may start to brush your teeth a day after. However, be careful and act gently while brushing the operation site. Do not apply abnormal pressure to avoid a problem in stitches in the first days.
– Remember that swelling and bruising may develop within the first 72 hours after the operation (3 days).
– Use all prescribed medications regularly.
– Do not forget to schedule an appointment for a week after your stitches have been removed and controlled.
– Please note that the above information given to you may vary depending on the general condition of the patient and the procedure being performed, and obey your doctor’s recommendations literally.