Post-Operative Instructions

post operative instructions

Post-Operative Instructions for Sedation and Surgery

  1. DO NOT DRIVE for the remainder of the day.
  2. Continue taking your prescription medications, including the medications prescribed by Dr. Harvey
  3. You should have a letter including handwritten notes by Dr. Harvey and his surgical assistant outlining the post-operative instructions specific for your situation. For example, if you have been off Coumadin/warfarin, generally it is advisable to re-start this blood thinner the night of the surgery. If you have questions about this on the night of surgery, please call Dr. Harvey (all surgery patients will be given his cell phone and home phone numbers).
  4. We recommend cold compresses (a flexible ice pack wrapped in a paper towel, which will be given to you following your surgery), 10-20 minutes every hour or two.  Dr. Harvey feels that the pressure is more important than the cold, although we recommend that you return the ice pack to the freezer between uses. Use the ice pack for the remainder of the day of surgery, and continue the first day or two after surgery if you do notice swelling in the area of the surgery.
  5. Minor bleeding is common following any oral surgery.  The best way to minimize the bleeding is to avoid rinsing vigorously and spitting, as both can prolong minor bleeding.  If you are having more bleeding than you are comfortable with, the best option is to try to find the spot that is bleeding and put gentle, steady pressure on that spot, for 10 full minutes, repeating as necessary.  If you have the right spot, there shouldn’t be any bleeding while you are applying the pressure. It is uncommon to have bleeding that needs this type of attention from you, the patient.
  6. It is usually feasible to begin careful brushing and flossing in the area that has had surgery within 2-3 days after the surgery.  Dr. Harvey and his assistant will have reviewed this with you, and you will also be given a prescription for a germ-killing mouthwash to use while the gums are healing and tender.

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It has been my honor and privilege to serve my community, and to serve my profession, this last 37+ years.

I am thrilled to share some really exciting news. Following an exhaustive nationwide search and a super positive transition process over last year, Dr. Abhi Patel will be assuming control of the office starting March 1st, 2024. I will be reducing my schedule and will be seeing patients on a part-time basis.

The team and I are thrilled to have Dr. Patel with us and we are looking forward to continuing to
provide exceptional care of our patients. In all of my interactions, Dr. Patel has demonstrated the honesty, integrity and dedication necessary to be an exceptional periodontist. He is extremely competent and caring, and has the passion and skills to deliver high quality, evidence-based care. I trust him to take care of you and I believe he will be a valuable asset to our community.

Dr. Patel is a board-certified Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and Implantology. He is highly trained recognized leader in periodontics and implantology, having been an educator and researcher who has published many articles in international peer-reviewed journals. He was awarded the prestigious “Outstanding Educator Award” by the American Academy of Periodontology for his mentoring and scientific research. He serves as a committee member for the Academy of Osseointegration. Dr. Patel brings a wealth of knowledge and a superior skillset that will assure exceptional outcomes for our patients. Dr. Patel and I, along with our extraordinary team, are looking forward to continuing to provide what you have come to expect from our practice: unparalleled patient service and clinical excellence. The team has been actively involved in the transition process from the beginning, and they are remaining in place. We will all be here to assist Dr. Patel with your care.

I hope you will join me in welcoming Dr. Patel to our practice. Thank you again for your loyalty and confidence over this last (almost) four decades.

Warmest regards,
Dr. Brien Harvey

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