patient procedure instructions

Patient Post-Operative Procedure Instructions

For your convenience, all postoperative surgical instructions can be found here. Listed by procedure and doctor, you can either read and print prior to your surgery or use as reference when you are at home. If you have additional questions, please contact your physician’s nurse for more information.

PERFUSION PATIENTS - Drs. Shea, McKinnon and Emmett

What to Expect:

  • Mild dizziness
  • Loss of balance
  • Feeling like your ear is “stopped up”.
  • Gradual improvement, particularly if your perfusion was for dizziness or ringing. Real improvement takes place over several weeks. Be patient.

What to Do:

  • Some form of light exercise like walking.
  • Do not get water in your treated ear for one week after surgery.
  • Blow your nose very gently to allow the hole in your eardrum to heal.
  • Driving is allowed if you are doing well without complications.
  • Resume taking any of your own medications.
  • Schedule a follow-up visit with Shea 4 to 6 weeks from your date of surgery.

When to Contact Us:

  • If you have any problems due to prescribed medicines.
  • If you experience any hearing loss that does not improve or stabilize within a few days.

SURGICAL PATIENTS - Drs. Shea, McKinnon and Emmett

What to Expect:

  • Bleeding for the first 4 to 5 days.
  • To remain home and reduce activity for the first week.
  • No driving within at least 48 hours of surgery.
  • No nose blowing, heavy lifting, or straining for one month.
  • To resume regular activities if doing well and approved by Shea clinic nurse.
  • Your hearing will not improve until the packing is removed and the blood that accumulates in the middle ear and canal dissolve. Be patient. Do not attempt to remove packing and/or blood from your ear canal.

What to Do:

  • If your operation was in your ear canal only, keep cotton in the ear canal and change it only if it gets wet with blood. Some brown packing material may also come out. This is normal. You may stop changing the cotton ball once the drainage has stopped.
  • If your operation was in your ear canal and behind your ear, keep cotton in your ear canal and change the cotton as stated above. The sutures will dissolve in 10 to 14 days and do not have to be removed.
  • You may allow this incision to get wet after one week. You do not need a bandage behind the ear.
    If you have an incision on the back of your hand, keep it dry until the sutures dissolve.
  • Do not lie on your operated ear for one week.
    Give update to Shea clinic nurse after first week.
  • Use a heating pad on your ear for soreness
  • Keep your head elevated at night.
  • If your eardrum was repaired, open your mouth to sneeze or cough while covering mouth.
  • Take all medicines prescribed upon discharge.

When to Contact Us:

  • If you are experiencing dizziness.
  • Pain not relieved by medication.
  • Temperature of 100 degrees or greater.
  • Adverse reaction to medications.
  • Bleeding more than a small amount on cotton ball.

 

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