A Brief Note On The Health Care Provider Essay
Refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These instructions provide you with information about caring for yourself after your procedure. Your health care provider may also give you more specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your health care provider if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER THE PROCEDURE
After your procedure, it is common to have:
• Difficulty swallowing, eating, and speaking.
• Difficulty moving your mouth and jaw.
• Pain and soreness in your tongue and mouth.
• A small amount of blood or clear fluid coming from your incisions and from any donor sites. A donor site is the area from which skin or muscle tissue (graft) was taken to replace your tongue tissue.
HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS
• Take over-the-counter and prescription medicines only as told by your health care provider.
• If you were prescribed an antibiotic medicine, take it as told by your health care provider. Do not stop taking the antibiotic even if you start to feel better.
• Follow instructions from your health care provider about how to take care of your incisions. Make sure you:
○ Wash your hands with soap and water before you change your bandage (dressing). If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.
○ Change your dressing as told by your health care provider.