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Middle Ear Surgery: Hospital Recovery

Right after surgery

You will wake up in the recovery room where you will be closely watched.

Going home

You may be eager to return to your daily life after surgery or as directed by your healthcare provider. Your surgeon will tell you when you can go home. Before you do, he or she may want to make sure that:

  • You have little or no bleeding

  • You have little or no pain

  • You have no nausea and little or no dizziness

  • Your health is stable

  • You do not have a fever

  • You should not smoke and avoid exposure to secondhand smoke.

Your healthcare provider will give you specific discharge instructions for your particular condition .You will be informed when and how to change any ear dressing or bandages.Your healthcare provider may prescribe medication - i.e., antibiotics, ear drops, or pain medication - to take at home. Take each medicine as directed by your healthcare provider. Always contact your healthcare provider before taking any over-the-counter medication(s) for your health condition.

You may be asked to avoid swimming and other activities that may get water in your ear. There may also be a restriction on blowing your nose. Certain exercises that increase pressure, such as heavy lifting, strenuous exercise, or other activities that may put pressure on the eardrum, may also be restricted. Ask your healthcare provider when you can safely travel by air again.

Notify your healthcare provider right away if you have:

  • Ear discharge (fluid) or drainage from the affected ear

  • Prolong or intense dizziness

  • Having problems with your balance

  • Intense pain

  • Sudden hearing loss

  • Any new symptoms involving the ear that was operated on

  • Fever of 100.4 F (38.0 C), or as directed by your health care provider

Be certain to follow the home care instructions given to you by your healthcare provider when you are discharged from the hospital or an ambulatory surgery center  

BIG: Most likely, you’ll leave the hospital the same day as your surgery. Then you can return home to heal.  You may need to stay longer if other health problems need to be watched.


Author: StayWell Custom Communications
Last Annual Review Date: 8/1/2019
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