How Long Do You Stay in the Hospital After Jaw Surgery?
Posted on 1/2/2024 by Weo Admin
|Jaw surgery places your jaw in a new, correct position, and your facial muscles and TMJ must adapt to the new position. The adjustment period will vary, but you must remain in the hospital for a few days, depending on the procedure. Here, we will help you determine your likely length of stay post-surgery.
Immediately After the Surgery
After your jaw surgery, you will proceed to the recovery room, where you will be under the care of well-trained nurses who will attend to you as you recover from anesthesia and settle in. While still here, your support team or family can come and see you, or you may go home once the anesthesia effect subsides and the dental surgeon declares you stable. This typically occurs after a less-invasive surgery.
A Few Hours After Surgery
Once stable in the recovery room, you will move to the general ward, and your family can escort you there. While here, maximize rest as part of recovery; you will spend up to a day here for observation. The following day, your dental surgeon will check your condition to confirm your readiness for discharge, and upon meeting the discharge criteria, including pain under control, ambulating, voiding, and drinking ample fluids, you will be ready to go home, and your family can escort you.
The Hospital Stay Depends on the Procedure
If you undertake a two-jaw surgery, you will stay in the hospital for up to four nights. The first night is usually at the ICU or step-down unit for close monitoring before moving to the general ward. However, if you had one jaw surgery, you will stay in the hospital for up to 3 days.
After hospital discharge, you require a routine checkup a week or two later to monitor your recovery, but in the meantime, return to your routine as soon as you feel ready without straining your body. Make sure that you closely follow the discharge instructions given by your dental surgeon. For more details on your surgery and subsequent hospital stay, contact our office today.