Ear Surgery

Care After

ExitCare ImageAfter surgery, you may not hear better for several weeks. You may have to wait until the puffiness (swelling) goes down or the packing is taken out of your ear.


  • Do not move your head quickly or suddenly.

  • A small amount of blood may drain from your ear for the first 24 hours. This is normal.

  • You may feel sick to your stomach (nauseous) and be dizzy for the first 24 hours after your surgery.

  • Keep your ear dry. Do not let water get in your ear or on the bandage over your ear. Do not let water get in your ear if you wash your hair.

  • Leave your bandage on. Do not change it unless your doctor tells you that it is okay.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

For the first week:

  • Do not blow your nose for the first 3 or 4 days.

  • Try not to cough or sneeze. If you do, open your mouth. This keeps the pressure the same on both sides of your ear drum.

  • Do not pick up anything that weighs more than 10 pounds (about the weight of a gallon of milk).

  • Sleep with your head propped up on 2 pillows.


  • You feel more pressure in your ear.

  • There is bleeding or yellowish white fluid (pus) draining from your ear.

  • You have a temperature by mouth above 102° F (38.9° C), not controlled by medicine.

  • You have a fever or feel sick to your stomach lasting more than 24 hours.

  • Your ear hurts much worse.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.