Leave gauze in place, applying firm pressure for 45 minutes and replace as needed. Expect some bleeding from the area.
For post-operative discomfort begin a scheduled regimen of Ibuprofen 400 mg (200 mg tablets x2) and Tylenol Extra Strength 500 mg (1 tablet), every 6 hours for 2 days, and then as needed. Motrin and Tylenol will help with discomfort and swelling after your surgery. Use prescription pain medication only as needed. Expect some discomfort.
A prescription narcotic pain medication may be provided as a supplemental analgesic to be taken only as needed. Use these medications with caution as they may cause nausea, drowsiness, and constipation. It is, therefore, best to avoid the operation of a motor vehicle or hazardous device when taking these medications. Taper use of pain medication as tolerated.
If instructed, apply ice to face over the area, 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off, for at least the first 24 hours following the procedure.
For the remainder of today, do not rinse, spit, or suck through a straw, smoke, or drink alcoholic beverages. Beginning tomorrow, rinse every 4 hours with a ¼ teaspoon of salt in a large glass of warm water, and continue rinsing until the post-operative appointment.
Drink plenty of liquids today and eat cool, soft foods. Tomorrow, eat whatever can be tolerated comfortably.
Get plenty of rest and limit activity.
Patients who receive oral sedation or intravenous anesthesia should not operate a motor vehicle or hazardous device or participate in any contractual/legal obligations for 24 hours. Children should be closely supervised during the next 24 hours.
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