You will be referred to the Pre-Admission Centre (PAC) at Singapore General Hospital (SGH) for pre-surgery counselling, risk assessment and health optimisation.
Smoking is detrimental to your health. It has also been shown to be associated with an increased risk of infection and poorer healing after surgery. There is also an increased risk of anaesthesia related complications if you smoke.
If you have yet to quit smoking prior to the surgery, it is important to refrain from smoking in the period leading up to the surgery and in the post-operative recovery period.
You can find out more about smoking cessation services in SGH through the following:• Hotline: (65) 6326 5361• Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is important to keep yourself healthy in the weeks leading up to your surgery. This includes optimisation of any systemic conditions you may have by attending the preadmission assessment and being compliant with any medication prescribed for chronic conditions/ lifestyle modifications advised.
It is also important to stay active, ensure you obtain adequate rest, stay well hydrated and maintain a healthy diet. This is to boost your immunity to avoid falling sick prior to the surgery.
It is important to keep good oral hygiene prior to and after the surgery to reduce the risk of infection.
Patients undergoing Orthognathic Surgery are typically hospitalised for 2-3 days. This can vary depending on your speed of recovery. Most patients undergoing jaw surgery will be monitored in the Surgical High Dependency ward/ Intensive Care Unit overnight after surgery.
After surgery your teeth will be tied together with elastics (dental rubber bands) for up to 2 weeks.You will not be able to open your mouth and will experience difficulties in speaking.