Post-Op Instructions for
Ear Tubes & Adenoidectomy
1. Ear Pain: expect some mild ear pain after surgery. Use the prescribed medicine, which may be changed to Tylenol as pain subsides (usually 24-28 hours).
2. Unsteadiness: expect some. This is transient and should resolve in a few days. If dizziness is severe you should contact my office.
6. Frequent Infections: may indicate the need for strict water precautions.
8. Duration: Tubes last for 12-18 months on average. Individuals can vary by 6 months on either side of this range.
9. Drops: are very important! Use the prescribed ear drops as follows: 4 drops x 4 times daily x 4 days. The first set of drops was instilled at the time the tubes were placed. Click here for more information.
10. Follow Up: call the office to schedule an appointment in 4 weeks. A hearing test will be repeated at this visit to insure improvement or identify problems.
11. After: the initial follow up visit, patients are seen every 3-6 months until the tubes have extruded, the eardrums are healed and the hearing is normal. Repeat tube placement may be necessary if problems recur.
12. Diet: Patients 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. Click here for more information.
13. Fever: Call for fever excess of 102 degrees that does not respond to Tylenol. The main reason for fever after surgery is inactivity and failure to clear secretions from the lungs.
14. Strenuous Activities: should be avoided for the first 48 hours.
15. Blowing the Nose: Do not blow the nose forcefully for two weeks.
16. Do Not Smoke: or be exposed to second hand smoke for two weeks.
17. Sleep: Keep the head elevated while reclining and sleeping for 24-48 hours.
18. School: Children will typically miss 2-3 days of school.
19. Recovery: Take medications as prescribed. If nausea occurs, take the prescribed suppositories (note that oral medicines are poorly absorbed when post op nausea occurs). The nausea medicine may also be used 30-45 minutes prior to pain medicine to avoid the nausea side effect that some patients experience with narcotics.