Post Op: Aural Atresia Repair

  1. Keep all water out of operated ear.  When showering, bathing, or washing hair, place some Vaseline on cotton ball and insert into ear canal.  When finished washing or bathing, remove cotton ball and wipe ear dry.
  2. Do not blow your nose or lift objects heavier than 10 pounds.
  3. If you need to sneeze, keep your mouth wide open to avoid exerting excessive pressure in the back of the nose.
  4. Avoid strenuous activities.  You may continue most other regular activities.
  5. The head dressing (if any) can be removed the day after surgery.  You may wipe the area around the ear with a clean, damp cloth.  Avoid excessive manipulation of any incisions.
  6. If antibiotic ear drops have been prescribed, place 5 drops in the ear two times a day until your physician directs you to stop.
  7. If there is an incision behind the ear, apply the antibiotic ointment (Bacitracin/Polysporin/Neosporin) to the area three times a day until your physician directs you to stop.  You may remove any crusts with Q-tip or towel and some peroxide.
  8. Any cotton in the ear can be replaced as needed.  Blood-stained drainage from the ear is normal after ear surgery.  Once the ear drainage subsides, use of the cotton can be discontinued.  Do not remove anything else from inside the ear canal.
  9. It is normal for the ear canal hole to become smaller during the healing process.  However, if the hole becomes less than ¼ inch, call the doctor’s office.
  10. You may remove the dressing around the arm the day after surgery.  The red cloth dressing should be left in place and allowed to dry.  A dry dressing may be placed over this area only if desired.  The cloth dressing will begin to peel off at the edges.  The loose portions of this cloth dressing can be cut off with scissors.
  11. For ear pain, use Tylenol as directed or prescription medication as directed.  The pain is usually not severe and will subside in a few days.  If jaw joint pain occurs, apply a heating pad or compress to the area and take over-the-counter ibuprofen as directed.
  12. Some dizziness after surgery is normal.  If it does not improve gradually over time call, the office.  Call the office for purulent drainage, severe dizziness, fever above 101.5 F, or facial weakness.
  13. Some numbness of the ear and tongue, altered sense of taste, are normal after surgery.
  14. Make an appointment to see the doctor in 2 weeks. Follow up times may vary and you'll be given specific dates after your procedure.