After a surgical procedure, it’s important to have enough time to rest and heal properly. Finding time to rest can be difficult when you have a busy schedule, but strategically planning your surgery date can help your recovery go as smoothly as possible. At Fort Lauderdale Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we want you to have a quick and comfortable recovery. Below are some suggestions for choosing the best time for your procedure.
If you can, try to schedule your appointment around the next holiday break or long weekend. Thanksgiving weekend and more holiday breaks are coming up soon. Planning your procedure before a holiday break minimizes the amount of work or school you’ll have to miss, which is especially helpful for high school students getting their wisdom teeth removed. While recovering from surgery may not be what you planned on doing over your holiday weekend, having adequate healing time can prevent complications and speed up your recovery overall.
Scheduling around holiday breaks will also make it easier for friends and family to assist you if you end up needing extra care. While the vast majority of our procedures are outpatient and require minimal healing times, you may need someone to stop at the store or help you out the first day or so after surgery. If your procedure requires IV sedation, you will also need a responsible adult to drive you to and from the surgery. Planning around a weekend can help ensure that your friends or family members are available if you need them. Even if you can perform most of your daily tasks on your own, overexerting yourself can cause bleeding and other complications immediately after surgery.
Of course, always be sure to schedule your appointments far in advance, as days before breaks tend to be popular choices. We will always do our best to accommodate your schedule.
If you aren’t sure when to have a procedure done, consult with your oral surgeon. While it may be okay to put off some elective procedures for a few weeks, other conditions require more immediate attention. If you can afford to wait, try scheduling a procedure during a less-busy time at work, or around a holiday break. If your condition needs more immediate attention or you just can’t wait any longer, put your health first and make sure to take enough time for a full, restful recovery. Everyone is different, and some procedures have longer recovery periods than others, so make sure you talk to your oral surgeon about what to expect in the days following your procedure.
We hope you have a wonderful holiday season, and thanks for reading. To schedule a consultation, contact our office today and we will find an appointment time that fits with your schedule.