Middle Ear Surgery: Hospital Recovery

Most likely, you’ll leave the hospital the same day as your surgery. Then you can return home to heal.  You may need to stay longer if other health problems need to be watched.


Woman with bandage covering ear walking out of hospital holding on to man's arm.
In most cases, you can go home on the day of the surgery

Right after surgery

You will wake up in the recovery room where you will be closely watched.

Going home

You may be eager to return to your daily life after surgery. Your surgeon will tell you when you can go home. Before you do, he or she may want to make sure that:

  • You have little or no bleeding

  • You have little or no pain

  • You have no nausea and little or no dizziness

  • Your health is stable

  • You do not have a fever

You will receive specific discharge instructions for your particular condition from your healthcare provider. You may be asked to avoid swimming and other activities that may get water in your ear. There may also be a restriction on blowing your nose. Ask your healthcare provider when you can safely travel by air again.

Notify your healthcare provider right away if you have:

  • Prolong or intense dizziness

  • Intense pain

  • Sudden hearing loss

  • Any new symptoms involving the ear that was operated on

Be certain to follow the home care instructions given to you by your healthcare provider.  

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