Surgical instructions for patient
The following instructions may be helpful when preparing for your upcoming surgery. Please do not hesitate to call if you have any last minute questions.
In some case you will receive your preoperative prescriptions with this instruction sheet. For your convenience, please have them filled prior to your scheduled surgery, unless they have been previously phoned into the pharmacy of your choice. Please bring your filled prescriptions with you to your appointment.
It may be important to stop taking Aspirin, and other blood, 7-10 days prior to your surgery. If you are taking Coumadin, Warfarin or another blood thinner, remember to inform us and discontinue them as directed. If you normally take antibiotic premedication, please take it as directed before your surgery. You will feel better if you have eaten prior to surgery. We keep the office cool, so dress warmly. If you have elected to have oral sedation prior to the procedure it is important to arrive at least 30 minutes before your appointment.
We will give you written and verbal post-operative instructions as well as analgesics and antibacterial mouth washes and Antibiotic prescriptions if required. You will also be given Dr. Camargo contact phone numbers in case of emergency.
In order to evaluate your progress and healing, we will normally see you after 1 or 2 weeks for post-operative checks. In most cases, after surgery we will also look forward to seeing you back for a periodontal maintenance cleaning and an examination of tissue maturation about 10-12 weeks following the surgery.
Please alert the office to any allergies or sensitivities that you might have to antibiotics. A loading dose of antibiotics is often given prior to your surgical procedure. You may also be prescribed an antibiotic after the procedure if Dr. Camargo determines it to be necessary. It is advisable not to take these medications on an empty stomach, as nausea may result. For women taking birth control pills, be advised that antibiotics may interfere with their effectiveness.
Sedatives are sometimes prescribed prior to surgical procedures. If you elect to have an oral sedative you should attend at least 30 minutes before the procedure and it will be given to you. As you cannot drive for the rest of the day it is important that you have someone accompany you home following the procedure. Remember, we encourage you to eat prior to your surgery.