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Specialists in Hearing/Cochlear Implants, Facial Nerve/Ear and Lateral Skull Base Surgery

OTOLOGY/NEUROTOLOGY

Robert A. Battista, MD
Justin Wittkopf, MD

MAIN OFFICE

11 Salt Creek Lane
Suite 101
Hinsdale, IL 60521
630. 789. 3110
630. 789. 3137 FAX

HEARING AID CENTER
of HINSDALE

11 Salt Creek Lane
Suite 100
Hinsdale, IL 60521
630.789.3110

 

POST-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS
FOR SKULL BASE SURGERY

  1. Please call the physician's office (630-789-3110) and make an appointment to see your physician one (1) week from the date you are discharged from the hospital, unless instructed to do otherwise.
  2. Your hair may be shampooed starting ten (10) days after surgery.
  3. DO NOT BLOW YOUR NOSE FOR THREE (3) WEEKS following surgery. Any accumulated secretions in the nose should be expectorated (spit out) through the mouth to avoid infecting the ear. If you sneeze, do so with your mouth open during the sneezing episode.
  4. Avoid heavy lifting (>30 lbs), straining or significant exertion for THREE (3) WEEKS following surgery.
  5. If you develop clear drainage from your nose, from the ear canal or from the incision behind the ear, please contact your physician immediately (630-789-3110).
  6. Monitor your temperature approximately every 12 hours for the first 7 days after discharge from the hospital. If your temperature rises above 102°F or if your temperature is 100.6°F on two consecutive readings, please notify your physician immediately.
  7. Should you develop a cold or become ill following surgery, please notify your primary care physician.
  8. In the case of emergency, after hours or on weekends, your physician can be reached by calling our office (630-789-3110).

Common Symptoms after Inner Ear Surgery

  1. Some bloody ear drainage is expected in the first seven (7) days after ear surgery. If the drainage becomes yellow and/or has a foul odor, please contact your physician.
  2. A bloody nose may develop in the first few days after ear surgery. The bleeding is residual blood that accumulates in the ear and falls down the tube that connects the ear to the back of the throat (the eustachian tube). The nose bleeding should stop within 2 days after surgery. If the bleeding persists for more than two days after surgery, please contact your physician.