What to expect during an oral maxillofacial surgery?
Posted on 2/20/2023 by New York Oral, Maxillofacial, and Implant Surgery
Consultation involves discussing the patient's medical and surgical past, current medications and allergies. The surgeon then evaluates the case, makes a diagnosis, and creates and discusses the treatment plan together with the patient. Mode of treatment and anesthesia methods are also discussed alongside the imaging required for the treatment. The case and treatment plan are then discussed with the referring dentist. The surgeon also examines the patient's dental cavity and its area.
The surgery varies depending on the problem and the plan of action. Treatment can be done either outpatient or inpatient, and others require a series of procedures to achieve the desired outcome. If the treatment is outpatient, the patient should apply an ice pad to the jaw or operated area to reduce the swelling for the first two days and a heating pad after two days to help them recover from the bruising. The patient receives anesthesia to numb the pain during the procedure or put them to sleep. A patient might require stitches at the end of the operation to close up any surgical wounds or fill in the mouth to absorb fluids to protect teeth or the wound.
After the surgery
After the surgery, the patient will experience pain or discomfort as the anesthesia wears off and probably experience bleeding, bruising, swelling, discomfort or restricted movement of the jaw or teeth. The healthcare team will also talk about how the surgery went and when the patient is ready to go home and home care instructions, such as managing the pain, bleeding, pus, or any other complication the patient might experience.
Adhering to the recommendations provided ensures smooth recovery avoids risks and complications like infections on the operated wound. The patient is also advised to make some lifestyle changes, for example, quit smoking and drinking and diet recommendations, especially, liquid diet, until they heal. Patients are also advised to return to the hospital if complications persist.
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