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Limiting Exercise After Oral Surgery is Important
Posted on 10/5/2020 by Young Jun DDS MD FACS
Most patients have a great deal of anxiety when it comes to oral surgery procedures. The build up to the day of the surgery can be agonizing. Then when they have it done, they look forward to going back to their normal life, free of the pain and discomfort they were experiencing but sometimes that is not possible. At least not right away.
Why Should Exercise be Avoided Following Surgery?
Following surgery, it is important to allow clotting to form so the bleeding stops within the first twenty-four to forty-eight hours. It is strongly recommended that all patients remain as stationary as possible for the first two days following surgery and do not engage in strenuous activities. If it is just a minor surgery, then patients can typically go back to their normal exercise routines within three to five days. However, if the procedure is considered major surgery, patients should wait to go back to working out after five to seven days.
If the patient does not wait, it can help to dissolve the clotting tissue and drastically slow down the healing process. While engaging in exercise the patient's heart rate and blood pressure both increase, which can cause additional bleeding as well as swelling of the surgical site.
For soft tissue it will typically take three to four weeks to completely heal. This is when the patient uses ice to reduce the swelling and anti-inflammatory medicine. If the surgery involved an impacted tooth where the tooth had to be removed and a great deal of gum tissue and bone from the mandible had to be removed, then obviously the recovery process will be considerably longer. It is highly recommended to follow all post-op instructions to ensure proper healing and the general health of the patient. As always, if you have concerns about your aftercare do not hesitate to call.