Cholesteatoma surgery recovery
The recovery path, like the disease itself, rarely follows a specific path. Here is some general information about the recovery process.
Post operative care for tympanomastoidectomy:
The first few days after surgery are typically the worst in regards to pain and activity. Your child will probably wear a pressure bandage during this time, and may have difficulty sleeping. He or she will be taking pain medicine as well.
Your doctor will provide instructions for post-operative care that include incision care, bathing restrictions, time to remain out of school and activities (usually, no sports for a month), travel restrictions (usually, no flying for several weeks), and any complications to watch for. There is a post-operative visit with the surgeon about a week after the surgery to assess healing progress, and remove any surgical packing that has been placed into the ear. Some surgeons use a dissolving packing so this step may not be necessary. External stitches usually are self-dissolving. Your child may need to sleep with his or her head propped up on a pillow.
Your child will likely be using ear drops and/or antibiotics to prevent infections. Usually, these prescriptions are filled prior to surgery so you already have them available to you at home.
Most side effects from the surgery are temporary, and decrease in severity over time. However, it may take several months before the majority of side effects end completely.
Common side effects:
Pain: Managed with pain medicine first few days, but may come and go for several weeks after
Swelling: Gradually decreases as fluid, blood moves away from area.
Ear numbness/sensitive to touch: Gradually diminishes as wound heals
Ear pressure/blocked: Due to packing and fluid which gradually decreases
Popping sounds in ear: Typical as fluids begin to drain out of ear
Ringing in ear (tinnitus): Gradually decreases as fluid and packing exit
Dizziness: Sometimes related to anesthesia immediately following surgery, and also to fluid changes in the ear.
Discharge/drainage: From ear although sometimes also from nose, should diminish as fluid leaves area
Loss of taste: The middle ear has several nerves including taste nerves that are monitored during surgery, however this leaves them temporarily affected. Taste should generally improve over time.
Hoarse voice: From tube placed in throat during surgery
Always call your doctor if you have a medical concern, such as possible infection.Last updated: August 21, 2012 at 23:41 pm