At Home – Corrective Jaw Surgery

  • You will be given prescriptions for antibiotics and pain pills if needed. It is very important to take these as instructed
  • You will be given a return appointment before you go home. This will enable the doctor to follow your progress and identify any problems
  • Continue to follow the diet recommended by your dietitian. You can expect a 5-10 pound weight loss. A greater weight loss should be reported to the doctor
  • Continue to brush your teeth as instructed. Rinse with salt and water (1 /2 tsp. salt in 8 oz. of water) as needed. Gum breakdown and accompanying soreness should be reported to the doctor
  •  For at least 2 weeks after discharge, you should lead a relaxed and quiet life. You will find that you have less energy than usual and need more rest. After 2 weeks, you may resume your usual activities. You must avoid contact sports and swimming while the jaws are wired
  • Do not drink alcohol while your jaws are wired
  •  Report signs of infection (such as fever, chills, increased pain, and swelling) to your oral surgeon
  •  You should have a humidifier in the bedroom to moisten the air