Practitioner Referral Forms

Biopsy Surgery with Local Anaesthetic

Post Operative Instructions

  • Your mouth will be numb for several hours after.
    You should avoid hot food and drinks at this time, and take care to avoid biting a numb lip and tongue. It is best to eat soft or pureed food for the first week, and if possible, to favour the other side of your mouth.
  • You should avoid alcohol or excessive physical activity for the remainder of the day.
  • You should not rinse your mouth out on the day of the operation.
    Starting the following day, you should gently bathe your mouth with the mouth rinse prescribed or with a glass of warm water containing half a teaspoon of table salt 3 times a day for the first week. Clean your teeth normally but avoid the wound(s). Any stitches should dissolve in approximately 5-7 days.
  • You may notice blood-stained saliva for the first day or so.
    If there is frank bleeding or bleeding is persistent, apply pressure to the wound with a clean rolled damp handkerchief or sterile gauze (not cotton wool) for at least 20 minutes by the clock. Rest in a sitting position and avoid spitting out. If the bleeding continues please contact your surgeon
  • Mild swelling around the wound is common afterwards. It develops over the first 24-48 hours and will then gradually improve. Bruising may also appear and may take 1-2 weeks to fully resolve. 
  • Pain-relief medications will be prescribed and will need to be collected from a pharmacy.
    Generally, Panadeine and an anti-inflammatory medicine are used, in combination, to good effect. Antibiotics are rarely necessary. It is important that your medications are taken as directed.
Phone: +64 9 369 5566,
Fax: +64 9 369 5570
Address: Ground Floor, Quay Park Health, 68 Beach Road,
Auckland Central
Parking Instructions
© 2015 Auckland Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Group
Monday to Thursday – 8.00am to 5.00pm,
Friday 8.00am – 4.30pm