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Surgical Instructions

Read and follow these directions carefully.

1) HEALING: Do not disturb the wound my touching it with fingers, toothpick or tongue; irritation, bleeding and infection could result. One hour after you leave our office, you can take the gauze out and throw it away. DO NOT put any extra gauze/ tissues in your mouth. The blood clot which forms over the area is nature’s method of healing and should not be disturbed.

2) BLEEDING: Some bleeding/oozing is expected. If it becomes excessive, place a black teabag (doesn’t have to Lipton) over the wound and close down for 30 minutes. If bleeding persists, please phone the office.

3) DIET: No food of liquid for 2 hours after leaving the office. This allows the blood clot to form. After that, you should follow a soft diet for 24 hours. Avoid hot, harsh, or raw foods until wound has healed. No carbonated beverages. Post-operative dietary recommendations: pasta, mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, ice cream, yogurt, apple sauce, ensure, carnation instant breakfast, milkshakes, NO SUCKING THROUGH A STRAW! etc

4) RINSE MOUTH: Avoid all rinsing for 24 hours after leaving the office. Then, to help relieve soreness and reduce bacteria, rinse mouth gently every 6 hours with solution of 1/2 teaspoon table salt in 1/2 glass of warm water. Gentle Rinse do not spit! This will keep the wound clean and remove any food that gets trapped.

5) BRUSHING YOUR TEETH: You may brush your teeth after 24 hours but be very careful around the area of the surgery. Be very careful not to stab or disturb the surgery area. DO NOT USE MOUTH WASH. Warm water with a gentle rinse will be fine. DO NOT SPIT, just lean over the sink and let the water fall out of your mouth.

6) PAIN: Use the prescribed or recommended medication according to directions.

7) SWELLING FOLLOWING SURGERY: To prevent swelling, apply an ice pack on the outside of your face over the affected area. Apply 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off, for the remainder of day. Please note our general rule of thumb is- The THIRD day is usually the worst day for swelling. After the third day the swelling should start to get better.

8) SWELLING DUE TO INFECTION: If you were treated in our office for an I&D because of a severe infection, your directions are to apply HEAT (Hot towel or Hot Water Bottle) to the outside of your face as much as possible. Rinse with warm to hot salt water as much as possible. STAY HYDRATED!

***Absolutely NO SMOKING, Spitting, Placing gauze or tissue in and out of mouth, Vigorous Rinsing, Soda (Carbonated Beverages) or drinking through a straw.

If you are unsure or have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at 973-746-3466. If it is urgent you speak to Dr. Ranucci, please leave an URGENT message with our 24/hr. answering service and tell them to have the doctor call you back.

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