Post-operative instructions

Please follow the instructions below to avoid complications during the healing process.

Post-operative instructions

Do not eat or drink anything after the procedure until your surgeon or anaesthetist considers this to be safe. Some narcotics or local anaesthetics may cause swallowing impairment and, in the worst case, respiratory problems.

After the procedure, you can take your medication as usual with just a sip of water if approved by your surgeon or anaesthetist.

Lie down with your head in a slightly elevated position and cool the wound area (with cold damp cloths).

Do not resume blood-thinning medication (e.g. aspirin (ASS), Plavix, Marcumar, etc.) directly after the surgery unless approved by your doctor. Owing to their anticoagulant effect, these drugs may cause large haematomas or, in the worst case, secondary bleeding. Please click here for more information about coagulation disorders.

Some analgesics contain blood-thinning substances (e.g. aspirin, ASS, Thomapyrin, Dolomo) which may cause massive secondary bleeding after the surgery. So we will ensure that the analgesics you receive after the procedure are adequate in type and potency to your specific needs. Our objective is to effectively control any post-operative pain.

After the operation, removable tooth replacements (e.g. telescopic dentures) as well as contact lenses, jewellery (earrings etc.) and body piercings should not be worn in the wound area for about seven to ten days as directed.

If you have undergone a major operation (especially aesthetic surgery in the facial region and oral cavity), try to refrain from smoking for at least two weeks after the procedure. Smoking contributes to delayed wound healing (especially in the oral region) and may have an adverse impact on the outcome of the procedure.

As any surgery weakens the body, a healthy and balanced diet is important to strengthen your overall health. Your diet should be according to the advice given by us to avoid damage to the wound area. If you have undergone jawbone surgery or procedures in the oral cavity, do not eat any hard food (meat, bread crusts, etc.) to avoid unnecessary stress and strain.

Avoid caffeinated and acidic drinks (coffee, cola, juices, etc.) for about three days post-operatively as they cause delayed wound healing.

After a surgical procedure in the oral cavity, cautiously resume oral hygiene. Use antiseptic mouthwash (e.g. Chlorhexidine) to clean areas that cannot be brushed.

In general, you may resume sports and physical exercise about two to three weeks after surgery, but there are exceptions. Specific recommendations will be given to you at discharge.

After any surgical procedure, avoid direct exposure to sunlight, especially when you have undergone surgery of the facial region. This is important to avoid any negative influence on scarring.

Please follow these instructions to avoid any unnecessary complications.