Soft Tissue Surgery
COMISKEY ORAL SURGERY
INSTRUCTIONS FOLLOWING SOFT TISSUE SURGERY
After soft tissue surgery, certain steps should be followed to minimize postoperative discomfort and maximize healing. Please read and follow the instructions carefully.
Pain should be minimal after soft tissue surgery. The area could be sore for 2-3 days following the procedure but should heal quickly. Please use over the counter products (2-3 tabs 200mg ibuprofen or 1-2 tabs 500mg tylenol) if needed or any medications prescribed by the doctor.
Mild bleeding is expected and is normal. If it becomes excessive please place the gauze that was provided directly on the bleeding area and apply pressure. Replace the gauze every 20 to 30 minutes until the bleeding has been controlled. A moistened tea bag may be used if gauze is not available. If bleeding continues please call Dr. Comiskey.
ICE PACKS AND MOIST HEAT
Swelling is not common and if it develops should be minimal. If needed, please use the ice packs for the first 48 hours. Heat can be used after 48 hours to speed up the resolution of swelling if needed.
Soft foods that can be chewed and swallowed easily may be preferred for the first 24 hours. As soon as it is comfortable you may start solid foods.
Vigorous use of a mouthwash may stimulate bleeding. Refrain from rinsing the mouth for the first 24 hours. After that time, use rinses of warm salt water (1/4 teaspoon of salt in a 4 oz. glass of warm water) several times a day for a week. Do not use alcohol based mouthwashes for 1 week. Resume gentle brushing and oral care as soon as possible, being careful to avoid the operative site for 1 week.
POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS or CONCERNS
CONSTIPATION FROM NARCOTIC MEDICATION
A mild laxative or stool softener is suggested (colace/senokot).
An elevated temperature is not uncommon during the first 48 hours.
It should not exceed 101 degrees. If temperature is higher or
continues please notify our office.
This may occur at the corner of the mouth, the lower lip or the edge of the
STIFFNESS (TRIMUS) OF THE JAW
May appear after surgery and usually improves over the first week.
Heat can be used to alleviate the stiffness.
Used in most of the procedures, they are usually dissolvable and come
out on their own (usually within the first week).
NAUSEA AND/OR VOMITING (usually from narcotic medication)
Notify the office and discontinue the prescription pain medication.
We recommend taking 3 tabs of 200mg ibuprofen or 2 tabs of 500mg
tylenol every 6 hours instead.