Instructions for a safe recovery
We are committed to providing you with the highest quality of care before and after your procedure. To that end, please refer to some general postoperative guidelines below, and by all means, call us at any time to report any problem.
Don’t forget a responsible adult must accompany you and remain in our office to receive home care instructions on your behalf. Following the completion of the surgery and recovery period, this responsible adult must drive you home or accompany you in a taxi and must remain with the patient throughout the next 12 hours.
Managing discomfort and pain at home
Avoid vigorous chewing, excessive spitting, or rinsing as initial healing may be delayed, active bleeding restarted, or pathogens introduced.
Expect minor bleeding from the operative site
Swelling related to the surgical procedure
Fluid and Diet is important
Avoid using straws for several days as it may cause the blood clot to dislodge and delay the healing process.
Food selection is largely a matter of your choice. Soft, cool foods that require little or no chewing are most easily tolerated at this time. A nutritious diet throughout your healing process is most important to your comfort as hungry people become irritable and less able to deal with the discomfort which can follow surgery. Since you will be taking medication, it is important to remember that eating can prevent nausea associated with certain medications. Ensure, Carnation Instant Breakfast, and/or yogurt supply excellent added nutrition.
Do not chew anything until the numbness wears off. Avoid nuts, popcorn, and any foods with seeds.
Take your prescribed medication
Take any regularly scheduled medication (for diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.) on your regular schedule unless advised to do otherwise by your surgeon.
If you had a surgery involving your sinus (i.e. sinus lift) or an extraction that is close to your sinus, please follow these additional instructions.
Avoid performing activities that cause unnecessary pressure on the sinus for at least 1 week following surgery. Avoid:
- Blowing your nose. You may wipe your nose gently with tissues. Take an over the counter decongestant if necessary.
- Sucking on a straw
- Rinsing your mouth vigorously
- Sneezing. If you have to sneeze, sneeze with your mouth open.
- Air travel (for at least 2 weeks after surgery)
- Playing wind instruments.
You may experience some drainage from your sinus after surgery. This is common and will gradually decrease and stop.
If you feel airflow through the surgical site please contact the office for a follow-up appointment.
Oral hygiene after surgery
On the day of surgery you may brush your teeth, but try to avoid the surgical site for at least 5 days. Avoid rinsing, or spitting the day of surgery.
Limit physical activity during the first 24-48 hours after surgery. Overexertion may lead to postoperative bleeding and discomfort. When you lie down, keep your head elevated on a pillow.
Try to avoid smoking completely, as it tends to slow the healing process.
Should active bleeding persist, please call the M3L office immediately at (514) 395-9896.