Otoplasty – Before and After Guidelines
Days before surgery
In the 3 days before the surgery, try to have a healthy diet, avoid participating in hectic parties, go to bed early and drink plenty of fluids (prefer water). If you experience any symptoms such as fever, sore throat, cough,… notify your doctor immediately. If you have any doubts, try to resolve them with your surgeon as soon as possible.
On the day of surgery
On the day of surgery, plan not to be late in your hospital stay, whether you are at the hospital or clinic 1 hour before the scheduled time for surgery. Don’t forget about the 8-hour fasting period before surgery. Do not take or eat anything without the consent of the surgeon or anesthesiologist during this period.
If you use medication, take them the night before and/or bring them with you at the hospital.
Do not apply creams on the body, do not use nail polish or foundation on the nails of hands and feet. Do not bring jewelry. Don’t forget to pack loose clothing with an opening in the front.
You will remain in the recovery room for a few hours before being discharged. During this period, it is important for the companion to be aware that you can still experience the effects of sedatives and anesthetics applied during surgery. You will have intervals of drowsiness, feel colder than the companion, sometimes shivering, talk and ask about the same subject over and over, nausea or vomiting may occur (rarely).
It is important that the companion does not take hasty actions, always call the nurse if you have any questions or if the patient has any symptoms that she wants to report. Do not change bed position without authorization.
Getting out of bed
You will usually remain in bed for a few hours until it is time to get up, which will be authorized by the surgeon through the nurses.
When you get up for the first time after surgery you may feel dizzy, lie down immediately if it is severe. While standing without dizziness, you should walk a few meters down the room or hallway. The surgeon or nurse will give you the prescription and make other recommendations if necessary.
The companion must always be beside the patient, if at any time you feel dizzy or faint, the companion had to sit or lay down the patient wherever she is, never hold the patient standing.
Take medication prescribed by the surgeon. Eat in fractions (small portions and more often), easy chewing and cold foods for the first 3 days, avoiding alcoholic beverages.
Do not lower your head, pick up objects on the floor or similar efforts.
Sleep on your back with your back and head elevated making a bed ramp with pillows or blankets. Try to wear washcloths wrapped around the sides of the head, so that you don’t lie on your side while you sleep for the first few days.
You will usually need to return within 10 days to withdraw points.
Do not tamper with the dressing in any way or try to move it without medical authorization.
Baths can be done after removing the dressing on the second or third day, as long as they do not last for a long time, do not use very hot water.
In the immediate postoperative period there will be swelling. Your regression will start slowly after 4 days, getting a full result within 6 to 8 months.
The bruises may eventually appear, tending to slowly disappear after a period of 1 to 2 weeks.
In the post-operative period, avoid physical efforts, as they will be felt later at night as pain and swelling. So it’s important not to do them.