Your Oral Surgeon will likely answer these questions without you having to ask them, but just in case he or she forgets any details, you should arrive at your consultation prepared with an arsenal of questions about your procedure, what to expect, and any other important details.
Below is a list of questions you should be prepared to ask your Oral Surgeon and why you should be concerned about them.
What will happen during my procedure?
Your oral surgeon should explain how he or she plans to perform your surgery. Without having to get into too many specifics, you should be able to know where your incision is being made, and any other details about what the procedure entails and what the goal is.
What are my options for Anesthesia and which one do you recommend?
After going through your medical history, your Oral Surgeon will be able to recommend what kind of anesthesia will best fit your needs. You may have more than one option, so it is important to get as much information as possible about each option in order to make the right decision.
How long will the procedure take?
Knowing how long your procedure takes helps give you insight into the severity of the surgery. You will also want to know how long the procedure takes to make arrangements with someone to pick you up from your appointment and to take the appropriate time off of work, school, etc.
How long is recovery?
Amongst several other reasons you want to know how long recovery will take, you want to know this important detail so that you can take the appropriate time off of work, school, and any other obligations or events you may have coming up.
When can I resume normal physical activities?
Since you will be on a limited diet and on medications, it will take some time to get back into your regular physical routine. Make sure to ask your Oral Surgeon when you can resume exercising or any other strenuous activities.
What foods should I avoid after surgery?
If you are having oral surgery, you will most likely have stitches in your mouth, therefore you will need to stay away from certain foods that could promote bleeding and can get stuck at the surgical site.
What medications do I need to take?
Your oral surgeon may want you to begin taking certain medications a few days before your surgery. It is important to have your prescriptions picked up prior to your surgery, that way you don’t have to worry about picking them up after your surgery and can focus on your recovery.
Are there any risks or complications involved? If so, what are they?
There are risks and complications involved with any surgery. Be sure to ask what these risks and complications are, how likely they are to occur, and what you can do to prevent them.
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