What Happens After Maxillofacial Surgery?
Posted on 1/2/2024 by Dallas Oral Surgery Associates - Dallas
| Maxillofacial surgery focuses on jaw repositioning or correction and will also treat wounds, conditions, and flaws in your mouth, face, and jaw. This type of operation can last up to five hours, depending on the extent of the surgery. We are here to help you know what to expect post-operation.
Immediately After Surgery
Immediately after your operation, you will be exhausted and numb, courtesy of the local anesthesia effect. Your face will also swell, and your doctor will recommend pain medication to ease discomfort. If you go home the same day, ensure you have a loved one spending the night with you to help you with basic tasks.
By the second day, you can take a shower, but avoid hot and long baths, as these could trigger bleeding in the upper jaw if that is the surgery spot. Also, avoid heavy lifting, exercises, and activities that raise your pulse or blood pressure for about a month post-surgery.
Up to Four Weeks Post-Surgery
During this phase, your bruising and swelling is at its peak and starting to subside. This period also marks the time to start using your jaws actively, but limit your diet to ensure your mouth can open properly. There is no limit to your food intake, but you should increase your nutrient uptake to facilitate healing.
After a Month - Physiotherapy
Finally, up to a month after surgery, you can enroll for facial reanimation, focusing on your lips and cheeks. The exercises are simple and comprise putting a pen between your lips and squeezing it, all lip, cheeks, and chin movements, and pulling your lips apart. You can also do joint exercises by closing and opening your mouth to ensure you can open up to three fingerbreadths.
After the above, you can schedule biweekly appointments, and if you need medication for pain or sleep, talk to your dental surgeon. Also, remember to maintain hygiene throughout the process. If you have more questions, contact us today for more details.