Post-Operative Instruction

What should I expect after Surgery?

Pain Relief 
Dr Chahoud will prescribed appropriate pain relief to assist your pain management. If pain is not severe, use milder pain medications eg: Panadeine, Mersydol or Nurofen (no script necessary), reserving the stronger medications for night time if needed. 

Antibiotics 
Maintain dosages as instructed. Should you experience persistent nausea or vomiting and or any evidence of skin rash, cease all medications and contact Dr Chahoud's rooms immediately. 

Swelling may occurs after surgery and can be reduced by applying ice packs on the cheeks. Apply over your site of surgery for 24 to 48 hours.

Mouth Rinse
Do not rinse your mouth on the evening of surgery. Begin normal tooth brushing and rinsing the day after surgery. Use Savacol and dilute 1:1 with warm water. Rinse 3 times daily after meals and continue until surgery site has healed.

Diet 
A soft diet is recommended until your mouth feels comfortable. You should not eat anything that is hot or requires chewing on the day of surgery. The day after surgery you may begin a soft solid diet with plenty of fluids eg: scrambled eggs, fish mashed vegetables, yoghurt etc. Eating regularly is very important to avoid nausea caused by the medications. 

You may experience slight oozing and blood stained saliva, as local anaesthetic wears off. Place a damp bite pack eg damp folded tissue, gauze or tampon over te bleeding area and bite firmly for 20 mins. Repeat if necessary. If bleeding does not subside within an hour contact the surgery or Dr Chahoud's mobile if after hours.

Sleep with your head propped up on two pillows to avoid swelling.

Smoking prior to or after surgery will increase your risk of post operative complications such as infection.

Stitches will dissolve or come away approximately 5 to 12 days after surgery. You may be left with an open socket but this will close and extra care will be needed with rinsing as food can collect there.

It is not necessary to make a follow up appointment after surgery however, in the event of concerns following surgery, contact Dr Chahoud's rooms for advice and or management.