Follow Post-Op Instructions
Rehabilitation could be an essential part of your post-operative period. Swelling or changes to your mouth's structure could affect your swallowing or speech. Your doctor may recommend therapy in or out of the hospital to treat any problems during the post-operative management of oral cancer.
What is the typical oral cancer surgery recovery time? Most people remain in the hospital for a few days after their procedure, and you're likely to take several weeks to feel better.
Some issues you can expect after surgery:
- Fatigue or tiredness
- Difficulty eating
- Swelling or bloating around your mouth
- Bleeding or oozing around any cuts
- Constipation from medication
Please consult with your doctor or medical team regularly to ensure they're controlling your pain and other side-effects effectively during surgery recovery. After your procedure, your doctor may watch you closely to ensure the best outcome.
Undergoing surgery can be a challenge, but the more informed you are, the better off you'll be. You're doing a great job by reading up on what to expect before and after your procedure. Follow your medical team's recommendations to the letter and communicate any questions or concerns you have for the best chance at a healthy recovery.