Following surgery, there are steps you can take to speed up your recovery and prevent complications. Please select the link that applies to your procedure for tips and instructions.

Adenoidectomy

Download PDF care instructions. Post-Operative Instructions for Adenoidectomy Activity Level:  Light activity and adequate rest are recommended for the first few days. Patients are encouraged to get up and walk around the house several times a day to maintain circulation in their legs. Children should be under close supervision by a responsible adult. Breathing Exercises…

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Tonsillectomy

Download PDF care instructions. Postoperative Instructions for Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy Activity Level: Light activity and adequate rest are recommended for the first few days. Sleeping with the head elevated 30 to 45 degrees or in a recliner for 3-4 days will reduce the swelling in the throat. The uvula (the thing that hangs down from…

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Myringotomy & Ear Tubes

Download PDF instructions. Postoperative Instructions for Myringotomy and Ear Tubes Ear Drainage: Your ear may have some drainage in several instances: After surgery for up to a week. Ear drainage without a fever is usually not an emergency. After water has washed ear canal bacteria into the middle ear (ME) or irritated the ME lining.…

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Tympanoplasty

Download PDF Instructions Post-Operative Instructions for Tympanoplasty View Video Rest:  Plan to rest the evening after your operation. Even after minor surgery, you may feel drowsy or tired for a number of hours. You may also have fatigue, muscle aches and a sore throat for 1-2 days. Nausea and Vomiting:  It is common to have…

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Nasal Surgery

Download printable PDF. Postoperative Instructions for Nasal (Septoplasty) Surgery and Sinus Surgery Nasal Drainage: Mucous mixed with blood is expected and may continue until your nasal packs or splints are removed. Blood clots may be noted for up to 2 weeks after packs are removed. At the surgery center you will be given gauze pads…

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Sinus Surgery

Postoperative Instructions for Nasal (Septoplasty) Surgery and Sinus Surgery Nasal Drainage: Mucous mixed with blood is expected and may continue until your nasal packs or splints are removed. Blood clots may be noted for up to 2 weeks after packs are removed. At the surgery center you will be given gauze pads (dripper pads) and…

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Parathyroidectomy

Download printable PDF Postoperative Instructions and Information for Parathyroidectomy Incision: Please keep the incision dry until the stitches are removed, then gently wash the incision with soap and water 2-3 times a day as needed. After washing, please apply a thin film of an antibacterial ointment (e.g. Polysporin). Please avoid any activity that pulls across…

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Thyroidectomy

Download printable PDF Post-Operative Instructions for Thyroidectomy View Video Incision:  Please keep the incision dry until the sutures are removed, then gently wash the incision with soap and water 2-3 times a day as needed.  After washing, please apply a thin film of an antibacterial ointment (e.g. Polysporin).  Please avoid any activity that pulls across…

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Neck Node & Neck Dissection

Download printable PDF Postoperative Instructions for Neck Node and Neck Dissection Incision: Please keep the incision dry for 2-3 days then gently wash the incision with soap and water 2-3 times a day as needed. After washing, please apply a thin film of an antibacterial ointment (e.g. Polysporin). Please avoid any activity that pulls across…

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Parotidectomy

Download printable PDF Post-Operative Instructions for Parotidectomy Incision: Please keep the incision dry for two to three days, and then gently wash the incision with soap and water two to three times a day as needed. You may use Q-tips or cotton swab dipped in peroxide to remove any dried blood over the incision. After…

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