Discontinue Aspirin or any drugs containing aspirin, including arthritis, pain or anti-inflammatory medications for two (2) weeks prior to surgery and for two (2) weeks after surgery. These drugs may cause increased bruising and bleeding at the time of surgery due to their effect on clotting. Use Tylenol or Anacin III instead. Discuss any vitamins or supplements you are currently taking with your doctor prior to your surgery.
Eat a balanced diet and do not attempt to lose weight in the two (2) weeks prior to your surgery. Proper nutrition is important for healing. Taking multivitamins twice daily will also promote your general health.
No smoking three (3) weeks prior to surgery and three (3) weeks following surgery. If you have any questions, please ask your doctor. We also recommend that smokers take 2 gm. of Vitamin C per day for two (2) weeks before and two (2) weeks after surgery.
Fill your prescriptions. Please have them filled within 7 days of today.
Notify the doctor if a cold or infection develops in the weeks prior to surgery.
The Day Before Surgery
No food or liquids after midnight the evening before your surgery. This includes water.
The Morning of Surgery
You may brush your teeth and rinse with prescription mouth rinse if recommended.
Please do not wear moisturizers, creams, lotions, or makeup.
Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that buttons or zips down the front. No blue jeans. Nothing that has to go over your head. Remove all jewelry, hairpins, contact lenses, belly button rings, etc.
Wound Care: Dressing may be removed in 48 hours. For wound care use an equal mixture of Hydrogen Peroxide and water (1 to 1) and apply a thin coat of antibiotic ointment with a Q-tip 3 (three) times daily.
Diet: No chewing. Eat only soft, mushy foods such as mashed potatoes, soup, yogurt, ice cream, cottage cheese, scrambled eggs, etc. Make sure and drink 3-4 quarts of fluid daily.
Oral Care: Brush teeth several times daily and follow with Peridex oral rinse as prescribed by your doctor.
Medications: Following surgery or at your preoperative appointment, you will be given prescriptions for antibiotics and pain medications. It is important to eat before taking any pain medication to avoid possible nausea.
If you have any questions regarding these instructions, please call our office Advanced Facial & Oral Surgery at 817-225-3223. If there is an emergency and you need to reach someone after hours, you can page us at (214) 993-0801. Please leave your name and phone number and someone will return your call as soon as possible. Please do not use the after hours number for prescription refills as this can only be done during regular business hours.