Ear Surgery Prior To Surgery
Prior to Ear Surgery
- Avoid sunbathing for 2 weeks prior to surgery.
- Quit smoking and nicotine use at least 4 weeks prior to surgery as nicotine can impair and delay healing. This includes any nicotine patch or nicotine containing product.
- Stop all aspirin containing products, medications that contain blood thinners (Ibuprofen Motrin, Advil etc.) vitamin E and herbal supplements including: St. John's Wort, green tea, Gingko and garlic supplements - 2 weeks prior to surgery. You can take 1 multivitamin a day.
- Let the doctor know if you develop an illness, cold, or any skin infection in the within a week of surgery.
- Make sure all requested labs and doctors clearance are delivered to Joseph T Cruise, MD's office on time.
- Schedule time off work - approximately 1 week if you have an active job. Less if your job is sedentary.
- Make sure a responsible adult is confirmed to drive you to and from surgery.Make sure someone is available to stay with you around the clock for 24 hours after surgery (general anesthesia).
THINGS TO PURCHASE BEFORE OTOPLASTY SURGERY
- Head Band. Buy a loose fitting head band. This will be worn at night time to protect your ears for the first 6 weeks.
- Gauze. Make sure to have a box of 4x4 gauze. You can purchase at drug store.
- Multivitamin. Begin taking 2 weeks before and take until 6 weeks after surgery. Do not take vitamin E separately from multivitamin.
THE DAY OF SURGERY
- You may shower and shampoo your hair the night before or morning of your surgery. Clean inside and outside your ears.
- Don't eat for 8 hours and don't drink for 6 hours before surgery- general anesthesia.
- You may brush and rinse your teeth, but do not eat or drink anything- general anesthesia.
- No moisturizer, body lotions.
- Do not bring any jewelry or valuables with you on the day of surgery.
- Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Wear flat, comfortable shoes. Remove contact lenses and dentures before surgery.
- Take 2 pills of Zofran and 2 pills of Celebrex at 1-2 hours before surgery (general anesthesia).
- Someone must drive you to surgery and pick you up. Someone must stay with you the first night (general anesthesia).
- Pack your bag for the day of surgery. This should include:
- all paperwork
- your identification
- all medications
- reading glasses
- warm cotton socks
- saltine crackers in case of nausea during your ride home (general anesthesia).