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Post op jaw surgery



  • No chew diet for minimal of 4 weeks. 
  • Start with liquid to puree diet, then transition to soft but no chew diet (pasta, rice, over cooked meatloaf, etc.) 
  • If jaw is wired closed, maintain on liquid purée diet.  
  • Recommend small frequent intake.   
  • Maintain adequate fluid intake.
  • Transitioning to normal diet will be discussed during post op visits. 


  • No strenuous activity.
  • Avoid lifting greater than 30 lbs or strenuous lifting.
  • No jogging/running for the first 4 weeks.


  • Maintain good oral hygiene care.  Brush normal on tooth surfaces at least twice a day. 
  • If your jaw is wired, keep wires clean by thorough brushing. 
  • Use provided prescription mouthrinse at minimal twice a day after brushing.  Avoid eating or drinking for at least 30 minutes after use.
  • Take baths over showers for the first several days to avoid fainting/syncope in the shower during early anesthesia and surgical recovery. 

If upper jaw (maxilla) was involved: 

  • For nasal decongestion, use Afrin nasal spray as instructed for the first 3 days followed by saline nasal rinse.   
  • OTC Sudafed can used in conjunction with the nasal spray for additional decongestion.
  • Nasal passage dried blood clots can be cleaned with 1:1 mix of hydrogen peroxide and water. 
  • Episodic nasal bleeding or discharge of old blood clots after surgery is expected. 


  • Keep lips moist with OTC lip moisturizing products.
  • Apply ice to face for first several days when resting at home. 
  • Keep head of bed elevated with several pillows at night for about a week to help with swelling. 

Please call with any questions to us:

During business hours: 

  • Ames (515) 232-6830
  • Marshalltown (641) 753-4130

Or after hours please call the Surgeon who performed your procedure:

  • Dr. Rudman (515) 450-9552
  • Dr. Kazwell (515) 231-2573
  • Dr. Cho (515) 520-9924

If your surgeon is not immediately available to answer your call, please call the hospital operator to transfer the call to ON CALL oral surgeon:

  • (515) 239-2011


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