Pre-operative Instructions

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. We can be reached at 412-687-5311 during regular business hours.

It may be important to stop taking aspirin or medications containing aspirin 7 days prior to your surgery. If you are taking Coumadin or another blood thinner, remember to discontinue them as directed. If you take antibiotic premed, please take it as directed before your surgery. You will feel better if you have eaten prior to surgery unless oral or IV sedation is being used.You may bring your iPod or MP3 player with you if you like.

In order to evaluate your progress and healing, we will see you one or two weeks post-operative for a check up. In most cases, after periodontal surgery we will also look forward to seeing you back for a periodontal maintenance cleaning and an examination of tissue maturation.

Antibiotics

Please alert the office of any allergies or sensitivities that you might have to antibiotics. You will be prescribed an antibiotic if our doctor determines it to be necessary. Take as directed until gone. 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

If you elect to use oral sedatives you must have a ride to and from the office.We will give the oral sedative to you in the office one hour before surgery.

Food Suggestions

When preparing a post-op menu, please consider some of the following choices:

  • Ensure/Slim Fast
  • Pudding
  • Rice
  • Apple Sauce
  • Oatmeal
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Jell-O
  • Bananas
  • Yogurt
  • Pasta
  • Milk Shakes
  • Casseroles
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Cottage Cheese

SECOND OPINIONS WELCOME