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How long does it take for facial swelling to go down after a bone graft surgery?

How long does it take for facial swelling to go down after a bone graft surgery?

Facial swelling: The swelling that is normally expected is usually proportional to the surgery involved.   swelling around the mouth, cheeks, eyes, and sides of the face is not uncommon.   this is the body's normal reaction to surgery and eventual repair.   the swelling will not become apparent until the day following surgery and will not reach its maximum until 2-3 days post-operatively.   use frozen pea packs. ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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I had a tooth extraction, bone graft surgery 3 days ago. Swelling and pain are horrible, gum is black/grey, dark red lump around it. Is it infected?

I had a tooth extraction, bone graft surgery 3 days ago. Swelling and pain are horrible, gum is black/grey, dark red lump around it. Is it infected?

Possibly: But without knowing the extent of the surgery or the graft, and without being able to see you, it is impossible to tell. Your best bet is to call the surgeon who performed the procedure and be re-evaluated. ...Read more

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I had an extraction and bone grafting done on my lower left back molar after having an abcess for one month. It's been six days and I still have swelling. I wake up with pain coming from the surgery site and a pain and swelling a few inches below the site

I had an extraction and bone grafting done on my lower left back molar after having an abcess for one month. It's been six days and I still have swelling. I wake up with pain coming from the surgery site and a pain and swelling a few inches below the site

Be Patient: After bone grafting surgery, it is normal for the area to be tender and swollen for the first 2 weeks. However,
in most cases, over-the-counter pain relief is enough to ease any discomfort. If concerned see your dentist for eval. ...Read more

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Face swollen after periodontal bone graft surgery, help?

Face swollen after periodontal bone graft surgery, help?

May be normal: Some swelling should be expected after surgery. Swelling should typically peak around 48 hours after surgery and then gradually decrease over several days. If swelling continues to worsen, contact your surgeon. ...Read more

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My knee is swelling and hard after bone graft was toke i can't stand any pressure in it is this normal?

My knee is swelling and hard after bone graft was toke i can't stand any pressure in it is this normal?

Need more info..: Cannot answer your question w/ out more information. Was bone graft taken from your proximal tibia( near your knee)? For what reason? How long ago was this procedure done? Or did you have a cartilage graft placed in your knee( oats)...? ...Read more

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Having xray 6 weeks after 3rd met ORIF, bone graft (6 mth nonunion). Expect complete healing then or just some? Swelling, pain/tenderness normal?

Doubt healed yet: Non union correction typically takes much longer to heal then routine healing of a metatarsal fracture. If this was a stress fracture, then it will also take longer then 6 weeks. Pain and swelling are normal at 6 weeks. ...Read more

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Had a tooth extraction and bone graft 3 weeks ago. Yesterday noted swelling and pain. No redness or oozing from site. Possible food irritation?

 Had a tooth extraction and bone graft 3 weeks ago.  Yesterday noted swelling and pain.  No redness or oozing from  site.  Possible food irritation?

Possible: Is there any reason why you would not give a simple call to the author of the extraction....he/she would be best to see you as a postop & be able to answer this question quicklly. ...Read more

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After triple arthodsis wih paxmal bone graft surgery i experience tingling and numbness will this go away?

After triple arthodsis wih paxmal bone graft surgery i experience tingling and numbness will this go away?

If early post-op yes: There may be a lot of swelling after surgery and this could temporarily alter nerve sensation. If early from surgery anticipate improvement over time. ...Read more

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I had oral surgery for a bone graft. I've had headaches increasing in intensity for the past 5 day..?

I had oral surgery for a bone graft. I've had headaches increasing in intensity for the past 5 day..?

Call Doctor: You should call your surgeon asap. Any time you have surgery and your symptoms seem to be getting worse rather than better, it's a good idea to call your surgeon. It could be normal or it could be a sign of an infection or other problem. ...Read more

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After humerus bone graft surgery, can we travel in a bike for near by places? Its been 2 months after the surgery.

After humerus bone graft surgery, can we travel in a bike for near by places? Its been 2 months after the surgery.

Surgeries vary: but mostly there's been x-rays by this time to demonstrate the bones have come together. If the bones are solid, accidents can still break them back apart but short of more trauma, if they are healing, then low stresses are not bad.
I cannot say in your particular case, but generally by 6 wk, some healing on x-ray. ...Read more

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Will a second surgery help me recover from a previous bone graft surgery on my right foot almost five years ago?

Will a second surgery help me recover from a previous bone graft surgery on my right foot almost five years ago?

Complex: Unfortunately, there's no simple answer for this. I would first start by seeing the surgeon that did the operation previously. You may need more testing, and there may be other types of options. If you would like, feel free to get a second opinion. It's often a good idea. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What are the signs to look for on a bone graft surgery of the scaphoid bone fixture with a screw to know if it needs medical attention right away?

What are the signs to look for on a bone graft surgery of the scaphoid bone fixture with a screw to know if it needs medical attention right away?

Redness or drainage: Any sign of infection is reason to be seen right away by the surgeon. After the incision has healed and a few months have past, persistant pain or mechanical symptoms can mean failure of fixation. In either of these cases, return to your surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it possible that further bone graft be added during dental implant surgery?

Yes: Absolutely, we do it routinely. For example, when we do the full arch implant surgical / restorative treatment in one day, we keep the bone removed from reshaping the irregular contours and that removed when preparing the implant sites. This is then grafted wherever it is needed. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Need cervical surgery C5/6, ACDF with bone graft. Is plage implant best for this procedure?

Yes: Increases fusion rates which are already excellent, equivalent alternative is auto graft hip bone and six weeks in collar allograft donor bone with plate and limited post op immobilization has yielded excellent results for decades . benefits: no second surgical site and no immobilization can be achieved with cervical disc replacement as well sucess rate for relief if arm pain well documented ...Read more

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I have FD of left femur (head and neck) approx 1 X 3 inches. 2 pins and bone graft w/ surgery in 2002. Should I have restrictions on lifting?

Probably not: Your exact repair is not entirely clear from your message however in general only months after repair the bones is as strong or stronger than it was prior, unless you had abnormal healing. You should double check with your orthopedist to find out if they had any such concerns, usually you should also have physical therapy that would have stipulated weight bearing. Be well ...Read more

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Once the dental bone grafts are surgically in placed and healed, is surgery needed to put the posts in?

Once the dental bone grafts are surgically in placed and healed, is surgery needed to put the posts in?

Stage # 2: After your bone grafting surgery heals completely (3-4 month), your oral-dental surgeon places the dental implant titanium post in your jawbone. It is considered a minor surgery. ...Read more

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I recently had curettage and bone graft surgery on my left femur. I now have a bone cyst. will this require further surgery?

I recently had curettage and bone graft surgery on my left femur. I now have a bone cyst. will this require further surgery?

No.: As long as the cyst, is not causing any problems, such as pain, inability to walk, pinching a nerve etc, there is no need to do anything about it. ...Read more

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A 65 years old women. Non union of femur bone, after 1st surgery. Can bone graft be inserted without exchanging nail in 2nd surgery.

A 65 years old women. Non union of femur bone, after 1st surgery. Can bone graft be inserted without  exchanging nail in 2nd surgery.

Nonunion femur: No you really should have the fracture re reamed to get bleeding bone formed and then have the second nail inserted with possible bone graft. ...Read more

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Is a sinustomy part of a surgery to repair an oaf in right maxillary sinus ? My surgery included a bone graft (oaf the size of cannellini bean).

Is a sinustomy part of a surgery to repair an oaf in right maxillary sinus ? My surgery included a bone graft (oaf the size of cannellini bean).

It is a broad term.: A sinustomy is a broad term meaning the creation of an opening into the sinus. You are having the reverse procedure performed. You already have a communication from the mouth to the sinus which is being repaired by a bone graft. ...Read more

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What to do? Scaphoid repair with bone graft, two pins and four months of cast and surgeon just confirmed that surgery was not a success, what next?

Cure not guaranteed: that is unfortunate. Even the best done surgical procedure does not always guarantee perfect results. They will likely present you options such as a vascularized bone graft & revision of the same procedure. Sometimes a partial wrist fusion with scaphoid excision is required. Always seek a second opinion, especially in a situation like this, from a tertiary care center wrist specialist for help. ...Read more

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Should I have surgery to correct scaphoid nonunion surgery screw placement or remove screw entirely. Had a schaphoid non union surgery 8/1/11. A week after the surgery (placement of a screw and bone graft) my surgeon did an xray and noticed that the scre

Sorry : Sorry you're going through all that. Especially since one of the advantages of the screw should be earlier return to function.

If everyone agrees that the screw is protruding then you need to be cautious about leaving it as is because it may cause damage to the cartilage of the joint. Cartilage damage is hard to undo.

"let it heal for 3 more months" makes little sense as it is already 4 months after the surgery so the bone should be healed, especially with graft.

Good luck! ...Read more

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I am looking for correction of shortened flail toe from previous hammertoe surgery. Digital lengthening with one stage autologous bone graft?

Homework.: There are several ways to go depending on your specific post-operative condition. Bone grafting, small digital implants or spacers, just to mention a few. You should be aware that the chances of having a normal functioning toe are limited at best. Having multiple opinions is definitely the way to be informed before you commit. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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Bone Graft (Definition)

Bonegrafts can be divided into autograft (bone from self), allograft (cadaver bone), xenograft (bone from another species) and alloplast (synthetic). Bonegrafting is a surgical procedure to replace ...Read more