After Surgery

  • Swelling and discoloration are normal reactions.Home Care Surgery They can be controlled with ice and medication, but may last several days. Apply an ice pack, alternating 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off for the first 24 hours, then switch to hot compresses.
  • Bleeding can be expected for up to 24 hours. Much of what appears to be blood is actually a very small amount of blood mixed with saliva. Bleeding is best controlled by applying light pressure (biting) with a gauze pad. If bleeding is heavy, lie with your head elevated, apply an ice pack over the area, and take a black tea bag, wet it and squeeze it out and use the tea bag instead of a gauze pad for 15 minutes.
  • Fever, up to 101 degrees F, can be expected after surgery. Your body is mobilizing to prevent infection and allow the healing process to begin. If your fever is over 101.5 degrees F, please contact the office.
  • Pain can vary with the individual and with the surgical procedure. We have given or prescribed a medication, based upon your situation. Please take all medications as directed.
  • Don’t eat sharp (like chips), gritty, seedy, or spicy foods. Eat soft, nutritious foods.