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).


  • Medications
  • 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.


  • 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).