i had mine yanked summer 2007 once my jaw really started to ache and i started to have trouble eating. i was in quebec at the time so it was an interesting second-language health care experience lol! but no big deal. mine had been erupted for years - are jeff's out at all? does he need to get put under, or just numbed?
i only had two wisdoms left, and they just numbed me up with injections. i had to take abx leading up to the day of. they yanked the top one without too much trouble, just drove a screw into it and pulled. they split the bottom one in half to get the roots out from the lower jaw.
it was not a birthday party or anything but no real drama either.
that said, i don't have the same exact issues as jeff is dealing with, not close to the amount of pain or visible symptoms of lost blood vessel integrity that he was suffering before.
i think if you dose him up with extra A-C-E-zinc-bcomplex before and after, not to mention acidophilus if they do some preventative abx treatment, should be not too shabby.
my approach: no meds so far - just nutrient-dense anti-inflammatory whole foods, and supplements where needed
info: www.whfoods.com, www.nutritiondata.com