Contact the surgeon if you suspect an ear infection before surgery; if the ear is infected on the day of surgery, the surgery is less likely to work and will be cancelled.
Don’t pop the ear, blow the nose hard or get the ear wet until fully healed; this may take 2 months. Don’t plan to travel by plane for at least 3 months after surgery.
Take 1-2 weeks off to recover. This includes day-care/school/sport/work/study.
Don’t remove any dressings from the ear while recovering.
What is this for and is it effective?
The surgery aims to repair a hole in the ear drum. Dr Clancy has an 86% success rate in healing the hole the first time. This means 86 out of 100 people get full healing from one operation and 14 out of 100 people need a second operation to repair the hole.