Instructions Following Stapedectomy

Stapedectomy can be challenging 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

What to expect:

  •   Moderate discomfort for a few days
  •   Some bloody drainage
  •   Depressed hearing, and some ear ringing for a few weeks
  •   Some dizziness. It may be difficult to maintain your balance for a few days

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, or driving are OK 

When to call us:

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

 Medications:

  •      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. 

Follow-up

  • 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.