It’s been a week since my jaw surgery and I still can’t blow my nose. The doctor said I have to be careful not to dislodge the stitches, but I’m starting to get a little bit desperate. When can I finally blow my nose again?
After you have jaw surgery, you will need to take care of your mouth and teeth. This includes brushing your teeth, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash. You should also avoid smoking and drinking alcohol.
What is jaw surgery?
Jaw surgery, also called orthognathic surgery, is corrective surgery for conditions of the jaw and face that can’t be corrected with braces. These conditions include: -Misalignment of the upper and lower jaws -Cleft lip and cleft palate -Receding chin -Protruding jaw
When can I blow my nose after jaw surgery?
Most people have some swelling and bruising after surgery. This usually lasts for 2-3 weeks. You will also have some numbness around your incisions. This is normal and will go away over time.
It is important to not blow your nose for at least 2 weeks after surgery. This is because blowing your nose can put pressure on your healing incisions and cause them to open up. If you absolutely must blow your nose, be very gentle and use a small amount of pressure.
How can I take care of my nose after jaw surgery?
It is important to take care of your nose after jaw surgery to prevent infection and promote healing. Here are some tips:
-Blow your nose gently with a tissue or gauze-covered finger.
-Do not put anything smaller than your elbow in your nose.
-Do not pick your nose.
-Avoid strenuous activity or nose blowing for the first week after surgery.
-Use a humidifier to keep the air moist.
-Apply petroleum jelly or ointment to the inside of your nostrils to keep them from drying out.
- Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated and help thin mucus.
What are the risks of blowing my nose after jaw surgery?
The risks of blowing your nose after jaw surgery include:
-delay in healing
If you must blow your nose, do so gently and only when necessary. You should avoid blowing your nose for at least two weeks after surgery.
How can I prevent blowing my nose after jaw surgery?
Blow your nose gently and carefully, using a tissue to catch any drips. Keep your head upright and avoid blowing your nose too hard, which could cause pain or bleeding. For the first week or so after surgery, it’s best to avoid blowing your nose entirely. If you must blow your nose, do it very gently.
You can expect some tenderness and swelling around your incisions for the first few weeks after surgery. You may also have drainage tubes in place to help with healing. It’s important to follow your surgeon’s instructions on when you can start blow your nose and brushing your teeth.