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

Postoperative Instructions for Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy Activity Level: Strict rest in bed, on a couch, or recliner chair with the patient’s head elevated 30-60 degrees is important the first day following surgery. Very light activity with emphasis on “adequate rest” is recommended thereafter. In general, for the first 10-14 days, do not lift, strain, or…

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Tonsillectomy

Postoperative Instructions for Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy Activity Level: Strict rest in bed, on a couch, or recliner chair with the patient’s head elevated 30-60 degrees is important the first day following surgery. Very light activity with emphasis on “adequate rest” is recommended thereafter. In general, for the first 10-14 days, do not lift, strain, or…

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Myringotomy & Ear Tubes

View Video Postoperative Instructions for Myringotomy and Ear Tubes General: The space behind your eardrum is called the middle ear (ME). The ME is connected to the back of the nose by the Eustachian tube. The Eustachian tube is a thin tube lined by tissue similar to your nasal cavity. The Eustachian tube may become…

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Tympanoplasty

View Video Postoperative Instructions for Tympanoplasty / Stapedectomy 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 2-3…

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Nasal 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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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

Postoperative Instructions and Information for Parathyroidectomy The Parathyroid Glands: Most people have 4 parathyroid glands that rest adjacent to the thyroid gland or in the gland itself. These are the size of a pea. Parathyroid glands help maintain a normal level of calcium in your body. Occasionally, one or more of the glands may secrete…

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Thyroidectomy

The Thyroid Gland: The thyroid gland is shaped like a bow tie; i.e. a larger lobe on each side of your windpipe (trachea) joined by a narrower isthmus. The thyroid gland commonly develops nodules. Most of the nodules are benign. Many of these benign nodules can be identified by outpatient studies such as fine needle…

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Neck Node & Neck Dissection

View Video Postoperative Instructions for Neck Node and Neck Dissection Lymph Nodes: Each side of your neck has more than 20 lymph nodes. These nodes drain fluid from the face, mouth, and throat. The nodes may be enlarged due to infections (viral or bacterial) or nests of cancer cells (metastases). Neck Dissection: The purpose of…

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Parotidectomy

View Video Postoperative Instructions for Parotidectomy The Parotid Gland: The parotid gland is a gland that produces saliva. You have two glands, one on each side of your face. The gland rests on the muscles of chewing in front of the ear canal. The gland may extend below the earlobe. The gland may need to…

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