Helping Yourself Heal
Whenever a patient has a procedure healing depends on the patient. Besides following the applicable post-operative instructions, the patient can enhance healing by observing the following guidelines.
- PRP is an adjunct to healing that is done at the time of the surgery. For more information see PRP.
- Vitamins and Minerals – Take a small multivitamin for 2 weeks prior and at least 6 weeks after the surgery. Large doses are not necessary and can sometimes do more harm than good.
- Water – Drink plenty of water. Try to at least drinking 16 ounces with every meal. Also adding a few 8 ounce cups between meals would be ideal.
- Cool then Heat – Apply an ice pack to control swelling, but only on the day of surgery, then switch to a warm compress. Cool liquids are best to start eating after any oral surgery, but no sucking through a straw. No hot liquids or acidic foods for the first 24 hours.
- Eat Right – Use the FDA’s Food Pyramid guidelines to get a balanced diet. Cut out candies, sodas, sugary juices and drinks. Only one 4 ounce (1/2 cup) of juice per day is recommended. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and grains. Along with an appropriate amount of proteins. (www.mypyramid.gov)
- No Smoking – Do not use tobacco. It has poisons, irritants and decreases oxygen carrying abilities of red blood cells that directly decreases the bodies ability to heal.
- Avoid Over Work or Too Much Play – Your body needs energy to heal. Light activity is good but don’t over exert yourself.
- Get Enough Sleep