The length of your recovery will depend on which surgery you undergo and your body's natural healing response. To avoid reopening your surgical site and reduce your risk of infection, it is important that you avoid several activities during the first 24 hours, such as:
- Drinking through a straw
- Consuming alcohol or hot liquids
- Blowing your nose
- Spitting excessively
As part of your post-op instructions, you should also maintain a soft foods diet and take your medications as prescribed. Dr. Edwards gives every patient his cell phone number after surgery. You can reach him at any time if you are worried about infection, excessive bleeding, or chronic discomfort.