Home Care Instructions

What Can I Expect After Surgery?

  • Behind the ear and neck swelling and bruising may be present after, but the degree of each varies widely from patient to patient. Keep your head elevated, at least 30 degrees, to minimize swelling.
  • Your ears will usually feel “numb” and very stiff for a while after surgery, but this will resolve with time. Slight discoloration of the skin around the ear is normal.
  • The initial wound dressing is removed after 24 hours. Following the initial wound dressing, wear the provided head band nightly at bedtime for a minimum of two weeks. We will inform you when the head band may be discontinued.

Pain Management After Surgery

  • You will be prescribed medications based on your health history and current medications. Please take them as prescribed.
  • DO NOT take any aspirin or medication containg aspirin, or anti-inflammatory medications such as Aleve or Advil for 7 days. Other routinely taken medications may be taken as necessary. If aspirin is prescribed by your physician, please discuss the circumstances with Dr. Sanovich.
  • Use a narcotic pain reliever as needed for the first couple of days.

Wound Care For The Surgical Site

  • The wound dressing may be removed after 24 hours. You may use dry shampoo once the dressing is removed, but do not get the incision sites wet. You may shower as long as the incisions stay dry. On the 7th day after surgery, you may get the area wet, but be careful to pat dry and not rub the wound.
  • Keep a thin coating of Aquaphor on the incison site at all times, you will need to apply 3-5 times a day for the first week.
  • Clean the sutures only with a cotton swab and a solution of 1⁄2 white vinegar and 1⁄2 water. A small amount of watery drainage, bruising, and redness may be noted.
  • Once the sutures are removed (usually a week after surgery), incision care will be provided including recommendations for scar treatment and protective sun care.

Activity Level After Surgery

  • Avoid any strenuous physical activity for 1 week.
  • You may return to school or light duty work (non-physical labor) within a week of the surgery or as tolerated per your symptoms.
  • Although you just had surgery, we recommend you do not stay in bed while awake, to minimize the chances of leg clots.
  • Try to transfer to a chair instead and walk throughout the house. Try to be as active as possible.
  • The swelling will worsen over the next 3-4 days after surgery and is expected. The swelling will begin to subside shortly thereafter.

What Follow-Up Care Will I Receive?

  • You should have a scheduled follow-up appointment, which usually occurs 1 week following surgery. Typically, the sutures will be removed at this appointment.
  • Additional follow-ups will be scheduled as needed.
  • You may also call at any time during your recovery if you have any questions or concerns.

When Should I Call My Doctor?

  • If you have difficulty breathing.
  • If you have increased swelling 2-3 days after surgery.
  • If you have difficulty closing your eyes after surgery.
  • If you are unable to urinate.
  • If you have severe pain that is not relieved by medications.
  • If you experience a rash, nausea, vomiting, severe headache, severe constipation, or other unexpected reactions.
  • If you have an oral temperature over 100.5 degrees.
  • If you have a question or concern that must be addressed prior to the follow-up visit.

Who Should I Call If I Have Questions?

Dallas Surgical Arts Phone Number 972-776-4888, Monday – Friday during business hours. After business hours, the office number will be able to get in contact with the doctor through a call service.