What should I pack for jaw surgery?
After Jaw Surgery in the Hospital
- Ice packs, frozen peas/corn, or gel packs.
- Heating Pad or gel pack.
- Child sized tooth brush.
- Ensure/Boost protein meals in a can (you will need to consume at least five of these a day)
- Large mug/container with a straw for your ice water.
- Vaseline/ Carmex for your lips.
How do I prepare for jaw surgery?
24 hours before. The day before surgery will be the ‘cleanse’ period for you. This means you’ll have to fast and not eat or drink anything at least 12 hours before surgery. This will be when you stop taking any medications to prevent any adverse reactions during surgery unless directed to by your doctor.
Do you have to shave for jaw surgery?
Shave any facial hair (beards and moustaches) if possible for the surgery. Remove all makeup and dark purple or black nail polish before coming to the hospital.
Can you wear a bra during jaw surgery?
Can You Wear a Bra for Surgery? You usually don’t need to wear a bra during surgery because you’ll have the hospital gown and a surgical drape over your chest.
Do they put a catheter in during jaw surgery?
You will have an IV in your hand or arm providing you with fluids and medications. You may have a nasogastic tube (through your nose and into your stomach) to reduce the chances of nausea. You may also have a catheter in your bladder so that you will not have to get out of bed to urinate.
Do you lose weight after jaw surgery?
Following your surgery and throughout the post-operative recovery period, especially if your jaw is wired shut, you could lose as much as 10 percent of your body weight.
How do you shower after jaw surgery?
Avoid showering for the 2 days after surgery, although taking a bath is fine provided you do not get your facial incisions wet. After 2 days, feel free to shower, provided that the water is not too hot, as this may encourage bleeding following upper jaw surgery.
Does your face change after jaw surgery?
The amount of change in your facial appearance will depend on whether your surgery was planned to have minimal or a more noticeable effect on your appearance. It is not unusual for patients to feel down after the surgery. It can take time for patients to get use to their new bite and facial appearance.
How many hours does jaw surgery take?
Routine surgery on one jaw typically takes one to two hours. Surgery that involves multiple procedures may take as long as three to five hours.
How long after jaw surgery can I eat?
After surgery, it is very important to eat and drink enough to help you heal. You will need to follow a liquid or pureed diet until your jaw has healed. This usually takes about 4 to 6 weeks. Your surgeon will tell you when you can eat regular food.
How long do you have to wear elastics after jaw surgery?
Any regular medications that must be taken in pill form may be crushed and taken with liquid of your choice. After the wires holding your mouth closed are removed, you will be shown how to wear orthodontic elastics. Elastics will be worn approximately 23 hours/day until you are 6-8 weeks out from surgery.