Instructions Following Ear Surgery

Most ear surgery is not very difficult during recovery. Patience is required, for it routinely requires 1-2 months before the hearing results become apparent.

Important things to do to speed your healing:

  • Avoid heavy lifting and nose blowing 
  • Change the cotton in your ear canal as needed to collect the drainage that invariably occurs 
  • There may be an incision near the ear. Clean this incision twice daily with peroxide, then apply Neosporin® ointment after cleaning 
  • Avoid vigorous nose blowing 
  • If you come home with a dressing around the head, you may remove it the following morning, leaving the yellow packing inside the ear. Fill the dressing with cotton, and reapply the dressing at bedtime to prevent the ear from getting out of position. During the day, you should have a piece of cotton in the ear, and one behind the ear to absorb any drainage.

What to expect:

  • Moderate discomfort for a few days 
  • Some bloody drainage 
  • Depressed hearing, and some ear ringing for a few weeks 
  • Some dizziness, especially following stapedectomy

Diet and activities:

  • You may eat anything you can get down, following the nausea 
  • Avoid intense exercise, sex or heavy lifting for TEN FULL DAYS
  • Walking, being outside and driving are OK

When to call us:

  • For any excessive bleeding that does not stop 
  • If your dizziness becomes worse


  • Vicodin ES – take one every 4 hours, as needed, for pain 
  • Levaquin 500mg – take one every morning

For stapedectomy:

  • Ativan 1mg – take one every 6 hours for dizziness 
  • Transderm Scop – apply behind the ear once every three days as long as there is dizziness.


  • Make an appointment to be seen in the office in 1 week

Please call me if you have any questions or concerns. (508)-540-0900.