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Osteotomy (Post-Operative Instructions) (7953)

Osteotomy (Post-Operative Instructions) (7953) - Clinical Hub, Patient Education, Health and Nutrition Facts For You, Surgery


Post-Operative Instructions

As you prepare for your discharge from
the Surgery Center, there is some
additional information you should know
about your care at home. Remember
each patient is different, so recovery
speeds vary. Discuss any questions you
have with your surgeon or nurse.

What To Expect:
Swelling in your face and neck will
increase after you are home. It should
stabilize 4-5 days after surgery and will
gradually decrease. Use ice packs for
48 hours to help decrease swelling. The
bruising may increase in the first few
days, and then change colors as it goes
Some numbness of your face is normal,
and may take up to several months to
fully disappear. Some numbness may
be permanent.
Dryness of your lips and nasal passages
may occur. Carmex, Vaseline, or a lip
moistener may help. A humidifier,
especially at night, may decrease nasal
Do NOT remove your dressing. Your
doctor will remove the dressing at your
follow-up appointment.

Cleansing Your Mouth:
Continue to rinse your mouth every two
to four hours and after meals with a
weak solution (one teaspoon salt to one
cup water). This cleansing is essential
for comfort and infection-free healing.
It also helps decrease bad breath and
makes speaking easier. Avoid
commercial mouth washes. The alcohol
content of these products is irritating to
suture lines. We recommend a child-
size toothbrush (soft). Do not use a
“water pic”.

Continue on a blenderized diet at home.
Milkshakes, soup, yogurt and other
foods with a soft consistency are
acceptable. Maintaining your intake of
fluids is important. Drinking small
amounts frequently makes it easier for
you to take in enough fluids.

Remember that a certain amount of
weight loss is expected, but this is not
the time to intentionally work on losing
weight. A balanced diet is essential for
healing. Generic vitamin supplements
with iron should be used post-
operatively for two months.

Resume normal daily activities as you
feel able. Most people return to regular
activities one to two weeks after
surgery. No strenuous activities for two
weeks. Check with your surgeon about
returning to school or work. Avoid
activities that may jar your jaws such as
contact sports, horseback riding, biking.

Physical Therapy:
It is very important for patients to
exercise their jaws after surgery to help
regain normal mouth opening. Your
doctor will prescribe exercises when

Medications for pain, nausea, nasal
congestion and an antibiotic may be

Notify Your Physician If:
ξ Pain increases and is not
controlled by medication
ξ Swelling continues to increase
ξ Bleeding or foul-smelling
drainage occurs
ξ Temperature is greater than 101
(orally) for longer than 12 hours
ξ Difficulty breathing or
“common cold” occurs
ξ Nausea, vomiting or “flu”
ξ You have questions or concerns

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Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
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person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
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