Post-Op Instructions for

  1. ear painEar Pain: expect some mild pain after surgery. Use the prescribed medicine, which may be changed to Tylenol as pain subsides (usually 24-48 hours).
  2. phoneFollow Upcall the office for an appointment in 4 weeks.
  3. hamburgerDietPatients may resume a regular diet as soon as they recover from the anesthesia. Some sore throat may be present from the breathing tube being inserted during surgery.
  4. thermometerFever: Call for fever excess of 102 degrees that does not respond to Tylenol. The main reason for fever after surgery is failure to clear secretions from the lungs due to inactivity.
  5. heavy liftingStrenuous Activities: should be avoided for the first 48 hours.
  6. blowing the noseBlowing the Nose: Do not blow the nose forcefully for 2 weeks.
  7. cigaretteDo Not Smoke: or be exposed to second hand smoke for 2 weeks.
  8. sleepSleep: Keep the head elevated while reclining and sleeping for 24-48 hours.
  9. appleSchool: Children will typically miss 2-3 days of school.
  10. medicine bottleRecovery: Take medications as prescribed. If nausea occurs, take the prescribed suppositories (not that oral medicines are poorly absorbed when post op nausea occurs). The nausea medicine may be used 30-45 minutes prior to pain medicine to avoid the nausea side effect that some patients experience with narcotics.