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After Hip Graft to Maxilla/Madible

Following general anaesthesia, 24 to 36 hours are required for the full effects of the drugs to wear off. During this period it is essential that you follow these instructions.


If you have any questions or problems, call our office at 604 924-8088.
There is always an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon on call.

Discharge From Hospital
  • You must be discharged into the care of a responsible adult who can accompany you home.
  • Arrangements should be made to have a responsible adult remain with you for the balance of the day and during the night.
  • Clear fluids are advised for at least 6 hours after surgery.
  • Remain on a pureed diet until informed otherwise. No heavy chewing
  • It is important to drink 1 ? litres of fluid every 24 hours.
  • Do not drink alcohol in any form for 48 hours after surgery.
  • You will be prescribed a pain reliever, antibiotic and oral mouth rinse to commence after surgery. Please follow the directions as prescribed.
  • Should you have any adverse reactions to any of the medications, kindly contact the office.
  • Swelling is common after this surgery for 1 – 2 weeks. For the first 48 hours place an ice pack on your cheeks and hip for 10-20 minutes every 2-3 hours. (Do not put ice in direct contact with the skin).
  • 48 hours after surgery, we suggest switching to warm moist heat to decrease swelling (use a clean facecloth and tap water).
  • Sleep or rest with your head raised on two pillows for the first 4 days.
  • Some modest discharged from the oral surgical site is normal. Do not be concerned with minor nasal bleeding for the first 3-5 days following your surgery. Active nasal bleeding which persists for greater than 5 minutes should be evaluated. A small amount of bleeding from the hip site is common. Again, persistent bleeding will need evaluation.
    • Please contact Dr. Sowden

  • Rinse with warm salt water after each oral intake.
  • Brush the outside of the teeth, being gentle in the area of the graft.
  • You may remove the hip dressing after 3 days. Leave the steri-strips in place. As they peel away from the skin, the edges may be trimmed.

  • No heavy lifting or bending until cleared by Dr. Sowden
  • Do not operate motor vehicles, boats, power tools or machinery for 18 hours or longer if drowsiness or dizziness persists.
  • Do not operate an aircraft for at least 48 hours following general anaesthetic.
  • See Dr. Sowden in his office one week after surgery. If an appointment has not already been scheduled for you, please call the office (604) 924-8088.