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Discharge Instructions for Tympanoplasty

Your child had a procedure called tympanoplasty to repair a damaged eardrum. Here's what you need to know about home care following this procedure.

What to expect

  • Expect a small amount of drainage from the ear.

  • Numbness of the outer part of the ear. This will return to normal.

  • Pain in the jaw. Change in or loss of taste. This will also return to normal.

Ear care

  • Don't let your child lie flat for the first 24 hours.

  • Discourage your child from blowing his or her nose. Don’t allow your child to hold the nose closed.

  • Show your child how to sneeze with the mouth open.

  • Allow your child to shower as necessary, starting 3 days after surgery. A tub bath is allowed as long as your child doesn’t put his or her head in the water.

  • Keep the ear dry. You can place a cotton ball dabbed with a small amount of petroleum jelly in the outer ear to keep water out during a bath or shower.

  • Give your child medicine exactly as directed.

Activity

  • Make sure your child avoids activities that involve heavy lifting and straining.

  • Get your doctor's permission before allowing your child to fly in a plane or before swimming.

Follow-up care

  • Make follow-up appointments as directed by our staff.

  • Ask your doctor when your child may return to school.

 

When to call your healthcare provider

Call your child's surgeon right away if your child has any of the following:

  • Increased redness or swelling around the ear

  • Dizziness

  • Drainage from the ear with an odor or increased drainage

  • Ongoing headache

  • Seeing double or blurry vision

  • Fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, or as directed by your child's surgeon

  • Weak muscles of the face

  • Unusual eye movements

  • Ringing in the ears

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