Please note, that the information provided by us is a rough outline o help prepare you for the big day! Ultimately each surgeon has a different approach and any questions or queries should be directed to the specialist performing your surgery!
DAY OF SURGERY
Generally, you will be admitted to the hospital the morning of your scheduled surgery. The length of your surgery depends on the procedure being performed. The length of your hospital stay also varies according to your procedure. Your surgeon should discuss with you all these necessary details prior to your surgery.
There are many side effects to general anesthesia that you may possibly experience after surgery. These include some weakness, dizziness, and nausea. Drugs are generally administered during and after your surgery to prevent nausea. We must emphasize that this side effect is very rare, and is generally controlled with medicine. We would also like to point out that after general anesthesia is administered, there may be a feeling of depression several weeks later. Please be aware that this may happen and do not be alarmed. Make sure your family is aware of this as well.
Your anesthesia will be administered through nasal intubations. In other words, a tube is passed through your nose to the lungs to administer the anaesthetic agent. A tube is also passed to the stomach in order to keep the stomach empty before, during, and after surgery to help control nausea. You should expect to have a sore throat for 1-2 days following your procedure due to the intubations.
Incisions are made on the inside of your mouth for access during the surgical procedure. As a result, there is no external scarring. These incisions are typically located in the folds of tissue and are not usually visible after your surgery. The sutures used on the incisions either dissolve or are removed after 5-7 days.
INTRAVENOUS FLUIDS (I.V)
Intravenous fluids are administered at the time of surgery. The I.V. is used during surgery to maintain adequate fluid levels and is used after surgery to administer pain medication, antibiotics, etc. It is generally removed the day after surgery.
Your Maxillo Facial Surgeon & Anesthetist will discuss each of these with you in more detail.