Surgical Instructions

These instructions apply to the surgical procedure just completed. They are designed to help you minimize post-surgical discomfort and inform you of any situation that may require special attention. For your convenience, we have made the post-operative instructions specific for each of the surgical procedure available in a PDF format that can be downloaded.

Pain Medications

It is not unusual to have discomfort for at least the first week following your surgical procedure. You may be given a prescription for medication to help you tolerate the post-surgical recovery period. Please take your medications as directed. It is advisable to not take pain medication on an empty stomach, as nausea may result. Note: When taking any prescribed medication containing Acetaminophen (Tylenol), i.e.; Percocet, Hydrocodone, Vicoden or Tylenol with Codeine, you should not take additional Tylenol so as not to exceed the safety level of Acetaminophen. Please contact the office with any questions you may have.

Antibiotics

Please alert the office to any allergies or sensitivities that you might have to antibiotics. An antibiotic may be prescribed following your surgical procedure. Take as directed until 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.

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 (540) 283-0959 during regular business hours.

You should receive your pre/post-operative prescriptions with this instruction sheet. For your convenience, please have them filled prior to your scheduled surgery unless they have been previously phoned into the pharmacy of your choice. Please bring your filled prescriptions with you to your appointment.


Post-Operative Instructions

These instructions apply to the surgical procedure just completed. They are designed to help you minimize post-surgical discomfort and inform you of any situation that may require special attention.

In order to evaluate your progress and healing, we will see you for post-operative checks.  The first check is typically performed within the first week after surgery.  In most cases, as part of the post-operative therapy, we will look forward to seeing you back for appointments with the doctor and our hygienist, 2 weeks and then 6 weeks after the surgery. View the three different post-surgery instructions below.

Post-Operative Food Suggestions
  • Milkshakes
  • Smoothies
  • Ensure/Slim Fast
  • Pureed soups (chilled during the first 24 hours)
  • Apple Juice/Cranberry Juice
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Bananas
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Pudding
  • Jell-O
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Oatmeal
  • Applesauce