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POST OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS

UVULOPALATOPHARYNGOPLASTY (UP3)

This will probably be the worst sore throat of your life. Don’t expect much for a few days. Rest is more important than anything else right now. To ensure you get the rest needed, take the pain medication that I have prescribed, consistently, and on time.
 
After the procedure here are some things to remember when you get home:
  • Hydration is very important. Drink as much water or non-acidic juice as possible. The more fluids you drink, the better you will feel. Push those fluids (Gatorade, apple juice, etc.)

  • Low-grade fever is a normal part of the body’s healing response. However, if your temperature elevates much over 100 degrees F, increase fluid intake.

  • Get plenty of rest. No heavy lifting, straining, or strenuous activity. Do NOT drive or drink alcohol while taking prescription pain medicine.

  • As your throat is very sore right now, solid food will be difficult to tolerate for a few days. Try broth, soup, Jell-O, mashed potatoes, oatmeal, popsicles, yogurt, or any other smooth consistency food. Avoid spicy foods and dairy products as much as possible. Some people find cold or cool food/drinks better, while others prefer warm. Use your judgment. After the first couple of days slowly advance the diet back to what it was prior to surgery. Avoid crunchy foods like tacos or chips until your throat is fully healed.

  • There should be NO bright red bleeding, if there is call the office IMMEDIATELY.

  • The pain will be SEVERE when swallowing, remember to keep your mouth moist by drinking plenty of liquids. Take several sips every 10 to 15 minutes is recommended.

  • Take your pain medication every 3-4 hours, or as directed by physician.

  • You might have bad breath for a week or two. Use regular toothpaste. Mouthwash is NOT advised.

  • No Aspirin, Advil, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Aleve, or Pepto-Bismol until after your post-op appointment or without approval by physician.