Surgical treatment of face and jaw fractures restores facial contour and function. The treatment that best fits your needs and expectations can be further discussed with your surgeon during your consultation.
- Restores facial contour and symmetry
- Restores ability to chew
All patients who have face fractures may consider treatment. Patients who smoke, have high blood pressure that is not under control, have blood disorders or take blood thinners, such as Aspirin, Coumadin or Plavix, may experience higher risk of healing problems.
Most patients tolerate the procedure well and are able to go home the same day. Medications for pain and nausea to be taken by mouth are routinely prescribed with an occasional short course of antibiotics. Some bruising and swelling are expected but are generally well tolerated and improve over several days. Using extra pillows while you sleep will help reduce swelling. Strenuous exercises and lifting heavy objects should be avoided for few weeks. Contact sports should be avoided for 8 weeks.
All patients considering elective surgery should abstain from smoking, including secondhand smoke and avoid any nicotine containing products, both before and after surgery. Dr. Ziakas strongly advises all his patients to quit smoking for good. The sutures used in face and jaw fracture surgery are absorbable and dissolve over time. The majority of patients are able to return to their routine activities in about a month.
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