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Post-Operative Patient Care

The routine, post-operative care of patients is performed by you in your office.  This usually involves a five-to-ten minute patient appointment where you provide the patient with an irrigation syringe (Monoject #412) and irrigation instructions.  You will also examine the surgical sites for adequate healing and provide reassurance that everything is healing well; or, if not, refer them back to Dr. McKinney.

Dr. McKinney or his assistant will personally contact each patient the evening of their procedure or the next day to find out how they are doing.

Dr. McKinney usually uses resorbable (gut/chromic) sutures so that suture removal is not necessary.  Dry sockets do occur and can usually be treated with one or two extra post-op visits.  If you are not comfortable treating or diagnosing dry sockets, Dr. McKinney can help you understand them. 

Rest assured, Dr. McKinney takes great responsibility in the post-operative care of the patient, and if either you or the patient has questions about either routine or non-routine post-operative care, Dr. McKinney always makes himself available to either talk to or to see the patient.  The patients are also given his telephone number, and if they have any problems, they can always email him at richard@ramdmd.com.

Following treatment, each patient is sent a questionnaire in the form of a "Comment Card,” along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope for returning it to our office.  The purpose of these reply forms is for Dr. McKinney to get feedback regarding the treatment he provided your patient.  If you would like to have a sample card sent to you, please notify our office.


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