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Rules of conduct after surgical interventions

Dear Patient,
If you have undergone a surgical procedure on your mouth, jaw or face, we ask you to read the following rules of conduct carefully and to strictly observe them.

1. Active participation in road traffic (e.g. driving a car)

Please note that even after an operation under local anesthesia, your ability to drive may be impaired, especially if additional medication is taken. Active participation in road traffic is therefore not possible. It is best to have someone take you home with you.

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2. Pain

Pain in the wound area is normal when the anesthesia wears off. The prescribed pain reliever should be taken as directed. If the pain has not decreased significantly after 3 to 5 days, please visit our office hours.

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3. bleeding

After the operation, please hold the swab placed on the wound for half an hour to 1 hour by biting open and then spit it out! Bleeding and bloody saliva can last for 3 to 4 days. Please do not be alarmed if your pillow shows "red spots" in the morning. Sleep with your head up for the first few days!

Further tips to avoid secondary bleeding:

  • Please do not undertake any extreme physical exertion.
  • Please do not suck on the wound!

If bleeding occurs unexpectedly:

  • Place a fresh, knotted handkerchief on the wound. Take a bite and press your cheek against the wound with the palm of your hand.
  • In no case continue to rinse or spit!
  • Raise your head or sit down and cool.

Heavy bleeding can be recognized by larger "blood clots". If the bleeding does not subside despite all efforts, please go to our office hours. Please keep calm, because bleeding after oral surgery is rarely life-threatening.

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4. Swelling

After the operation, swelling develops, which usually increases for about 3 days and then decreases for up to 3 days. In order to limit this swelling, it is advisable to cool the operating area (cooling pad or damp packs, but not from the freezer!) For the first three days. Heat is harmful and is forbidden! The swelling should have subsided after 3 to 7 days. If not, please come to the office hours!

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5. Food and luxury foods

Do not eat and drink until the anesthesia wears off!

Protect the wound area while chewing!

Avoid complications: Please do not smoke on the day of the operation and avoid hot and / or blood pressure-increasing drinks (e.g. tea, coffee, alcohol, cola). Rinse your mouth a little for the first two days. This is gentle on the wounds and prevents the protective blood clot from loosening from the wound cavity. Later, carefully rinse your mouth with water so that no bacteria can settle in the wound!

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6. Tooth and oral care

Brush your teeth carefully 3 times a day!

Take care of the wound!

Avoid frequent rinsing and sucking on the wound!

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7. Smoking

Please avoid smoking as long as possible. Nicotine consumption reduces blood flow and can promote impaired wound healing.

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8. Maxillary sinus opening

If the maxillary sinus was opened during an operation in the upper jaw, please do not blow your nose for a week. Avoid abdominal cramps and suction in the surgical area.

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I wish you a speedy recovery on behalf of the MKG team
Your dr. Dr. BERND CÖLN

Huerth Park B150
50354 Huerth
Tel .: 02233 / 97 72 72
Fax: 02233 / 97 72 73

E-mail:[email protected]

Opening hours:
Mon, Tue, Thu 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Wednesdays 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Fridays 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Dr. Dr. Bernd Cöln

Huerth Park B150
50354 Huerth
Tel .: 02233 / 97 72 72
Fax: 02233 / 97 72 73

E-mail:[email protected]

Opening hours:
Mon, Tue, Thu 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Wednesdays 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Fridays 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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