Home Care after Ear Surgery
- If you have packing in your ear, you should change the cotton ball twice a day, but leave the packing in the ear. If the packing begins to come out, gently push it back in to the canal.
- A small amount of bloody oozing from the ear or the incision behind the ear (if you have one) is normal.
- If you have an incision behind your ear, after 24 hours, you should wash it twice a day with peroxide or soap and water and coat it with antibiotic ointment.
- The ear that was operated on will feel stopped up for several weeks after surgery.
- Please resume all of your normal medications at home. Pain medication will sometimes cause nausea. If you find you are too nauseated to eat or drink normally, take your medicine with meals, cut the tablets to half the dose, or switch to plain Tylenol. If you are still nauseated, then call our office and speak with the nurse.
- An intravenous line was placed in your arm for your operation and for intravenous fluids after surgery. You may later notice a small tender knot in your hand or arm vein. This is a small blood clot caused by the catheter, medicines, and fluids. This clot is not dangerous to you and the clot and tenderness will disappear with heat and patience.
- You will find that you fatigue easily. This is normal following an operation. Please remain active. You will regain your pre-op stamina after 2-3 weeks.
- Dr. McLeod’s nurse will usually call you at home the day after you have been discharged to be certain that you are recovering satisfactorily. If she does not reach you by 4:00 p.m., we would appreciate your calling our office with a brief report.
- If you have any problems or questions, we can be reached by calling our office at 256-329-1114. Please be certain to keep your follow-up appointment.