Allergy and Sinus Conditions
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reconstructive facial surgery
reconstructive
facial surgery
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Sleep Disorders
Sleep Disorders
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Hearing Center
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NECK DISSECTION

  • DIET: Resume your previous diet.
  • ACTIVITY: Keep your head raised 30 degrees (i.e., on 2 pillows or a wedge pillow) at bedtime for 7 days after surgery. Avoid straining, strenuous exercise, or lifting over 10 pounds for 2 weeks.
  • MEDICATIONS: Take all of the antibiotics prescribed.
    • Please take pain medication as prescribed, follow directions CAREFULLY.
    • Apply a thin layer of one of the following ointments (Neosporin, Bacitracin or Polysporin) to the incision site twice a day.
  • FOLLOW-UP: You may have metal clips closing your incision. These will be removed 6 to 10 days after your surgery. Call for an appointment if not already scheduled. Generally, this appointment is made at the time your surgery is scheduled.
  • WORK/SCHOOL: This will depend of the postoperative course.
  • INFORMATION: Bloody drainage in the drain is normal and will reduce.
    • Pain or numbness in the neck is normal after this operation.
    • The pain is expected to reduce over the next 7 to 14 days.
    • Swelling in the surgical area is normal and will reduce over the first 4 weeks after surgery.
    • Call the doctor for excessive bleeding from the wound or fever over 100.4°F.