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  • From the time of discharge you must remain at home rest for the first three days after surgery, and avoid physical exertion such as lifting weights. You may not drive any kind of vehicle or use dangerous machinery until your doctor authorizes you to do so. You can not drink alcoholic beverages until after the first three days. The diet will be soft and in moderate quantity the first 24 hours. In case of pain when chewing you will avoid hard foods.
  • Avoid sleeping on the operated side. You may stain the cotton or bandage with some blood on the first day and more lightly for a few more days. You may have some feeling of unsteadiness that may be uncomfortable; if so, keep bed or chair rest and take medication as indicated. It is normal to notice poor hearing and moderate tinnitus.
  • You may have some hearing loss and moderate tinnitus.
  • You may have some mild discomfort or pain that will subside with the indicated 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.
  • In case of facial paralysis: Avoid “touching” the eye and keep it moist by frequently applying saline drops or artificial tears. At night at bedtime, a lubricating eye ointment will be applied and the eye will be occluded with an eye patch or, failing that, with a strip of adhesive tape. If the eye becomes very red and you feel intense pain when blinking, you may have developed a corneal lesion and you should contact us or your ophthalmologist.
  • You should contact your doctor or go to the emergency room in case you stain the bandage significantly, as well as in case of very severe pain that does not subside with the recommended painkillers or fever above 38 °.