Follow-Up Care for Head and Neck Surgery

There are a number of conditions affecting the ear, nose and throat that may require surgery. Taking proper precautions and carefully following your physicians’ discharge instructions is essential to the healing process after any procedure. Here are follow-up care suggestions for some common procedures performed by the otorhinolaryngology department.

Following Laryngectomy

A laryngectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the larynx, or voice box, which will result in a stoma.

Following Sinus Surgery

Endoscopic sinus surgery is performed to help clear blockages in the sinuses. After the procedure, you may feel groggy from anesthesia and will likely have some discomfort. There will be a dressing under your nose to absorb drainage, and you may also have packing inside your nose. You can usually go home the same day as the procedure, as soon as you are no longer feeling groggy.

Your doctor will schedule an office visit a few days after surgery to check on your progress and to remove dried blood and mucus from your nose. Any nasal packing will be removed as well. It is normal to feel stuffiness and have pinkish or dark red drainage. Change your nasal dressing as needed, and take any prescribed medications. Also be sure to drink plenty of water. Some guidelines after surgery may include:

Following Ear Surgery

There are several surgical procedures that can be performed to correct problems with the ear. Tympanoplasty is performed to repair a damaged ear drum. Mastoidectomy is the removal of the mastoid bone, which is performed if the bone is infected or to remove growths from the middle ear. Here are some basic suggestions for what to do after an ear procedure: