Pre-operative Instructions

The following instructions may be helpful when preparing for your upcoming surgery. Please do not hesitate to call if you have any last minute questions. We can be reached at Mandeville Office Phone Number 985-727-1133 during regular business hours.

We will call in any medications that you might require on the day of your procedure.  Please bring the telephone number of the preferred pharmacy with you.

It may be important to stop taking aspirin and non-steroidals such as Motrin and Advil, 7-10 days prior to your surgery. If you are taking Coumadin, or another blood thinner, remember to discontinue them as directed but only if your primary physician or cardiologist authorizes.

If you take antibiotic premed, please take it as directed before your surgery. You will feel better if you have eaten prior to the procedure. You may bring your iPod or MP3 player with you, if you like.

In order to evaluate your progress and healing, we will occasionally see you the next day, then weekly checks during the first 1-5 weeks. In most cases, we will also look forward to seeing you back for a periodontal maintenance cleaning, and an examination of tissue maturation, approximately 12 weeks following the surgery.

Antibiotics

Please alert the office to any allergies or sensitivities that you might have to antibiotics. You will be prescribed an antibiotic if our doctor determines it to be necessary. Take as directed until it is all gone. It is advisable not to take these medications on an empty stomach, as nausea may result. For women taking birth control pills, be advised that antibiotics may interfere with their effectiveness.

Sedatives

If you elect to use oral sedatives you must have a ride to and from the office. Remember, we encourage you to eat prior to your surgery.

Food Suggestions

When preparing a post-op menu, please consider some of the following choices:

  • Jell-O
  • Bananas
  • Yogurt
  • Pasta
  • Milk Shakes
  • Casseroles
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Any food that can be pureed in a blender
  • Ensure/Slim Fast
  • Soups
  • Pudding
  • Rice
  • Apple Sauce
  • Oatmeal
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Mashed Potatoes

DO NOT eat chips or anything with a sharp edge, seeds or anything hard and cruncy.   Do not eat spicy or excessively hot food or liquids.

DO NOT “test the area”.