Hearing usually starts to return about a week after surgery and can continue to improve for up to three months. A clot forms and is removed from the ear after one week. Patients usually go home the same day and are encouraged to rest for the first week. Light activity, like walking, is permissible. Strenuous activity, such as jogging or lifting heavy objects, should be avoided for about three weeks. Patients who have desk jobs may return to work after one week. Patients who have jobs which require physical activity or lifting usually may return to work after about two weeks. It is important to avoid getting the ear wet after surgery. Showering is allowed, but the ear must be covered with a cotton ball with Vaseline. Blowing the nose should be avoided for one week. Airplane trips should be avoided for at least three weeks.
James G. Allen, DO
Location and Office HoursButler Memorial Hospital Anesthesiology
911 E Brady St
Butler, PA 16001
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