Postoperative Instructions For LAUP

  1. Resume regular activities after surgery.
  2. Soft diet for the first 2-3 days (avoid citrus and spicy food).
  3. Drink plenty of liquids, stay away from alcohol for 2-3 days.
  4. Sleep with your head elevated for several days.
  5. Gargle gently with room temperature tap water every 6 hours for one week.
  6. You may brush your teeth and use diluted alcohol free mouthwash as necessary.
  7. Your throat will look somewhat reddened with a white coating. This is normal. You may have occasional blood tinged saliva. This is normal.
  8. Use Viscous Xylocaine every 3-4 hours or Cepastat Lozenges as needed to relieve sore throat. Your physician will provide you with a prescription for pain medication and antibiotics. Take them as prescribed.
  9. Call the office if you are experiencing:
    * Excessive pain with inability to swallow.
    * Fever greater than 101.5 degrees.
    * Continuous bleeding or vomiting.
    * Difficulty breathing.
  10. Before you leave the office be sure you have a follow-up appointment.
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