Analgesic medication will be prescribed following a snoring surgery by radiofrequency of the soft palate. However, it is not mandatory and many patients will obtain satisfactory relief with acetaminophen (Tylenol). It is best to take medications preventively rather than waiting for the pain to set in and become intolerable. Avoid anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, (Advil, Motrin or naproxen). Avoid vitamin supplements and natural products in the first week because they can interfere with blood clotting and cause bleeding. Pain is usually present 2-3 days after surgery and disappears quickly after. Tell your surgeon if the pain remains intense and does not go away after this period.
Because of the presence of oedema and pain at the surgical site, it is normal to have trouble eating following the intervention. However, most patients are able to eat normally or with a slightly softer diet than usual. Avoid very hot or spicy foods for a few days until the discomfort has disappeared.
Lying down for long periods is not recommended after surgery. Walk for few minutes at least three to four times per day. Avoid strenuous activities for about a week following the intervention. More intense activities may cause more postoperative bleeding and oedema and increase discomfort associated with surgery.
It is recommended to rinse your mouth three or four times a day with a saltwater solution (one teaspoon of salt in a glass of water) after any mouth surgery. If an antiseptic mouthwash has been prescribed, you must follow the directions on the container or those given by your surgeon. Avoid commercial mouthwashes, lozenges or spray medication after surgery. Also avoid alcohol-based medications or local anesthetics.
Pain and swelling at the surgical site can cause pain to the jaw and ears. Patients may also have a clogged ear sensation or feel pressure. This side effect is common and persists for about one to two weeks. This is caused by the proximity of the Eustachian tube that connects the middle ear to the throat. Oedema near the palate at the same level of the opening of the tube can cause a partial obstruction and give a clogged ear sensation.
For any other questions, look in the post-operative care and question-answer sections on our website. If you do not find the appropriate answers to your questions or if your problem is urgent, contact your surgeon.