Removal of Arch Bars
Arch bars are placed after a jaw (mandibular) fracture. They are removed once the fracture has healed.
- Plan to take off work for a couple of days.
- Do household and outdoor chores ahead of time, or make plans for someone to help you.
- Plan meals that are easy to prepare.
- Have someone available to help care for your children for ___ days.
- Take it easy for a couple of days.
- Start your antibiotics, if prescribed.
- Continue to keep your mouth clean as directed.
- Wear loose comfortable clothing for a few days.
- Begin to eat soft foods as you are able.
- Keep taking your antibiotics as prescribed.
- Use warm salt-water rinses 2-3 times daily for 3-4 days.
When to Call the Doctor
- Temperature greater than 100.4ºF for two readings taken 4 hours apart.
- Increased redness, warmth to the touch.
- Pus-like drainage.
- Rapid bleeding or swelling.
- Pain not relieved by pain medicine.
The phone number is 608-263-7502, 8:00 am to 4: 30 pm weekdays.
After hours, nights, weekends, and holidays, this number will be answered by the paging operator. Ask for the plastic surgery resident on call. Leave your name and phone number with the area code. The doctor will call you back.
If you live out of the area, call 1-800-323-8942.
The information provided should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
Last Updated: 07/27/2011
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