There will be different medications prescribed to you to aid your recovery after the surgery. Some of the commonly prescribed medications include oral antibiotics/ pain killers/ anti-fever medication, nasal drops for decongestion and lip creams for swelling/ dry lips.
Oral medications should be prepared in the following manner:
Apply the nose drops as prescribed if needed, in the following manner:
Take a deep breath as you apply the nose drops to allow the medication to flow into your nose for better efficacy. You will experience a bitter taste as the medication flows down your throat.
There can be significant swelling of the lips after surgery. Do make sure to apply the prescribed creams/ ointments to your lips as instructed.
Do note that you may be prescribed additional medications as deemed fit by the surgical team. Please feel free to check with the surgical team if you have any queries regarding your medications prior to discharge.
You will be required to drink and feed yourself using the syringes and feeding tubes provided in the immediate post-operative recovery period.It is important to maintain good oral intake during your recovery from surgery.
A good tip for drinking using a syringe is to sit upright and tilt your head back slightly when drinking. This allows the fluid to flow backwards with gravity making it easier to swallow. The syringes and tubes can be washed and re-used.
It is advisable to keep separate syringes for medications, plain water and other feeds.
Refer to the subsequent section on nutrition and hydration under dietary recommendations in the post-operative phase.
Do check with your doctor about showering after your surgery during your hospitalisation stay. Do ask the nurses for assistance, if you shower.
You may shower with warm, but not hot, water in the first week as it may cause bleeding.
On discharge, you should consider placing a plastic stool in the shower area of your home. This will allow you to sit down in the event you feel giddy to avoid a fall. Inform your caregivers/ family members before you shower and keep the bathroom door unlocked in the event you require assistance.
Where there is a wound dressing present, do not wash your face with water directly. Use a damp towel to clean your face and pat dry after.
You may remove the jaw bandage (if any) at an appropriate time as advised by your surgeon. Peel it off slowly by pulling along the skin and not away from the skin in an outward direction.
When the jaw bandage is removed, you can gently wash your face.
It is important to have good oral hygiene as this will reduce your risk of infection as well as decay and gum disease.
Bone healing requires a period of approximately 6 months. During this time, avoid any trauma/ injury to the face and jaws to prevent accidental fractures of the healing bone.
This includes but is not limited to:
Some nasal congestion can occur due to swelling and blood clots.
Avoid blowing your nose strictly after surgery as this will cause air to be forced into the soft tissues which can result in additional swelling and potential infections.
If the bleeding is profuse, please refer to "Dealing with Emergencies" below.
Due to the lack of solid food, it is expected to have little stools for the first 10 days. The stools tend to be soft and watery. However, they should not be associated with pain or greenish colouration. There should still be gastrointestinal movement and gas emission regularly.
Some constipation is common after surgery. You can do the following to help with any constipation:
Your teeth will be tied up using elastics (dental rubber bands) as shown in the diagram.
In rare circumstances, you may be required to cut these rubber bands (e.g. severe bleeding, difficulty breathing).
Part your lips using your nondominant hand.
You can also get the help of a family member.Identify the rubber bands.
Note: In some patients there may be no occlusal wafer present if deemed unnecessary by the surgeon.
If it is during office hours, you can call 6324 8802 to inform us of the situation and walk in to National Dental Centre Singapore. Please approach our reception counter at Level 1 for assistance when you are here.If it is after office hours or during the weekend, please go directly to Singapore General Hospital, Emergency Department. The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) team will then be activated to assist you if necessary.
Examples of emergencies include:
*Please inform the A&E/ NDCS staff about the details of your surgery and the name of the OMS consultant in charge. This information can be found in the discharge summary that you receive on discharge.