Keep all water out of the operated ear. When showering, bathing, or washing hair, place some Vaseline on a cotton ball and insert it into the ear canal. When finished washing or bathing, remove the cotton ball and wipe ear dry
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.
Apply the antibiotic ointment (Bacitracin/Polysporin/Neosporin) to the area three times a day until your physician directs you to stop.
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.
Call the office for purulent drainage, severe dizziness, fever above 101.5 F, or facial weakness.
Make an appointment to see the doctor in 3-4 weeks. Follow up times may vary and you’ll be given specific dates after your procedure.
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