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From the moment of discharge, you must remain at home for the first three days after the operation, and avoid physical exertion such as lifting weights.

  • You may not drive any kind of vehicle or use dangerous machinery until 72 hours after the operation. You may not drink alcoholic beverages until after the first three days. Your diet will be soft and moderate for the first 24 hours. If you have pain when chewing, avoid hard foods.
  • Do not get your ear wet and do not wash your head until your doctor gives you permission.
  • Avoid sleeping on the operated side.
  • You may stain the cotton or bandage with some blood on the first day and more lightly a few days later.
  • You may have some sensation of unsteadiness or moderate ringing. It is normal to notice poor hearing or resonance of your own voice.
  • Effect movements gently, especially getting up and lying down, and do not make sudden head movements.
  • Sneeze without holding your nose and with your mouth open; if you have to blow your nose do it gently and one side at a time.
  • You may have some mild discomfort or pain which will subside with the prescribed painkillers.
  • Avoid constipation; if necessary you may use a mild laxative for a few days.
  • You may have swelling of the lower eyelid of the operated ear.
  • If you have been instructed to use drops, remove the cotton wool pad and replace it with a clean one. You can also change the cotton wool whenever you notice it is wet.
  • You should contact your doctor or go to the Emergency Room in case of very intense dizziness with vomiting and/or very intense ringing in the ear, especially if it starts suddenly, as well as in case of very intense pain that does not subside with the recommended painkillers or fever above 38º.
  • If you feel dizzy, you should contact your doctor or go to the Emergency Room.