Otoplasty – Prominent Ear surgery

REST
Go home and rest.  Elevate head on 4-5 pillows for the first week (to reduce swelling)
When resting, flex calves by pointing toes towards ceiling then towards the ground.  This will maintain leg circulation and avoid clots in the veins of your legs.  Do this 10 times per hour.

Do not cross your legs
Do not bend over, but rather squat down to reduce the risk of bleeding
Have cold food & fluids only on the day of surgery

BLEEDING
Heavy or prolonged bleeding contact Dr Yang.  Some bleeding is normal

WOUND CARE
Keep the head bandage dry and intact until your 1st post-op appointment in 1 weeks time.  You will need to wear a firm headband nightly for a further 5 weeks to protect your ears
Do not lie on your ears
You may have itching or crackling noises in your ears.  This is normal

PAIN RELIEF
Anaesthetist will provide a script for pain relief sufficient for a week.  If you run out, Panadeine should be adequate
Contact Dr Yang if pain relief is inadequate

INFECTION
Wound infection is an infrequent occurrence. Contact Dr Yang if you experience:
Increased pain, temperature and flu-like symptoms
Widespread redness
Offensive discharge coming from the wound

EXERCISE
Avoid strenuous lifting, aerobic exercises and swimming for 4 weeks post-operatively
Try gentle exercise, i.e. slow walking

EMERGENCY
In the unlikely event that you cannot contact Dr Yang please present to Greenslopes Hospital, if possible, or at another hospital & ask your treating doctor to call Dr Yang.