What Should I Do After Maxillofacial Surgery
Posted on 4/10/2023 by Dr. Johnson
|Maxillofacial surgery entails fixing a condition, injury, or abnormality affecting your jaw, face, or mouth. Maxillofacial surgeons carry out numerous processes to correct abnormities, alleviate pain, and regain functionality. After maxillofacial surgery, you must care for your mouth for a speedy recovery. However, you might encounter swelling, sensitivity, bleeding, and discomfort for the first few days. If the pain is severe, your doctor may advise you to take some painkillers. Here are some of the things you should do after your maxillofacial surgery:
Take a Rest
After the surgery, ensure you rest. If a sedative is used, you will be drowsy and should not drive yourself home. Also, do not engage in rigorous activities. Avoid bending or lifting things that could induce bleeding by dislodging blood clots. Use additional pillows to raise your head when you sleep.
Use Ice Packs
After the surgery, it is normal for your face to get bruises or swell. For the first two days, ensure you cover your jaw with ice for about 30 minutes. Remove the ice packs and then repeat the process after 15 minutes.
Protect the Clot
Please don't disrupt the blood clot. It's in the process of healing the mouth wounds. So, for at least three days following your operation, refrain from using a straw, drinking alcohol or fizzy beverages, or smoking. Smoking increases your chances of developing a dry socket.
Avoid Hard, Chewy, and Chunky Foods
After the surgery, eat only soft foods like instant oatmeal, applesauce, and yogurt. Don't take foods that are too chewy, hot, spicy, hard, or cold.
Keep the Surgical Site Clean
Ensure that the surgical area is always clean to prevent bacterial infection. Drink a lot of water to hydrate your body and to get rid of food particles from the surgical site.