What to expect/post op suggestions - gum graft edition.
May 19, 2014 4:04 PM Subscribe
I'm really excited to be receiving a gum graft later this week! If anyone has had one of these, I would love to hear about what I can expect from the procedure as well as post op suggestions re: care, food, etc.
posted by Lutoslawski to Health & Fitness (12 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
My upcoming gum graft is really harshing my mellow. I'm sort of prone to medical anxiety, so I'd love to be able to mentally prepare a bit for the fiasco.
They're going to rob my palate of some tissue and sew it on to the front lower portion of my gum. I believe I will be getting some sort of special mouthwash and some Norco (hydrocodone/acetaminophen). I've read some sample post-op sheets around the web, and my general impression is that it will hurt and be basically a pain in the ass. Furthermore, I won't be able to clean that area for a while, which seems kind of gross to me.
I would like any general info you can give me on what the procedure is like and what I can expect in the weeks following.
But just a few specifics as well:
-Prior to the procedure, I am planning on taking .5mg of Klonopin, which I have laying around for exactly these sorts of situations. I spoke with my doc, and she says that's fine and good and just expect to be pretty fucked up once I also take the Norco. I haven't heard anything regarding getting sedation of any sort during the procedure, which is partially why I'm taking a bit of klonopin beforehand. Please let me know if you see any reason why this is a bad idea (I have taken Klonopin on occasion for years and never had any issues. Also yes I have someone driving me to and from my appointment).
-I'm supposed to eat 'soft' foods for a while after. Nothing too hot or too cold I've read, which is a bummer because I was hoping this could be an ice cream binge. Do you have any suggestions for 'soft' foods I could eat? I have a blender, so I could also perhaps make smoothies, though I'd prefer things I could just buy pre-made honestly.
-No exercise for like a week, but will some gentle yoga (no standing on my head stuff) be okay maybe a couple days into it?
Any other suggestions/experiences/advice/warnings?
Thanks everyone - and please tell your children to wear a nightguard if they grind their teeth at night.