Ear Surgery Preparation Los Angeles
Preparation for Otoplasty surgery varies depending on whether the patient is a child or adult.
In general, children have to be older than seven years old to undergo otoplasty. Most doctors perform otoplasty for children in the hospital, unless the surgical center is specifically certified to handle children. Children also need a thorough pre-operative evaluation and clearance by their pediatrician. Any person who weighs 100 lbs or more, regardless of age, is considered an adult. The following is the pre-operative instructions for adult patients.
- Approximately one to two weeks before your surgery you will undergo a general pre-operative evaluation at our office, at which time you will also undergo blood testing and EKG if necessary.
- At that time you need to review with our staff all your medical conditions even though they might not appear to be of importance to you. The review of your eye and vision health is also crucial. We would like to know if you had previously undergone any eye or eyelid surgery, do you take any eye drops or medications for your eyes or vision, and do you suffer from dry eye.
- After reviewing the procedure and answering your questions we will give you written instructions of the medications, vitamins, or herbs to avoid for at least two weeks prior and after your surgery. These include over the counter medications or vitamins which might thin your blood and cause you to bleed excessively during and after surgery.
- If you smoke we encourage you to reduce your smoking for one week before and after surgery because this can hamper your healing process.
- You will be provided with prescriptions for pain medications, antibiotics, lubricating eye drops, anti-inflammatory eye drops, and nausea medications. Please have these ready in advance.
- Get your house in order so that after surgery you wouldn’t be bothered with doing demanding house chores.
- Have bags of frozen peas or cold compresses ready in your freezer for use after surgery.
- Have your bed area prepared with many pillows or cushions to be used for propping you up. Elevation of the head after surgery reduces swelling and pain.
- You need to get a soft headband to wear at nights after surgery. This will keep your ears protected during sleep for the next 3 weeks.
- Arrange for adequate support for the care of your children and pets for at least the first two to three days after surgery.
- Have someone reliable, preferably a family member or close friend bring you to surgery and from surgery. This person should be available to stay and assist you the night after surgery. If you don’t have such a person, please let us know in advance so that we can recommend several available after-care facilities or caretakers to you.
- Have loose and comfortable clothes and shoes available to wear the day of surgery. Also if you have dark sunglasses, they will help reduce the sun glare in your eyes after surgery.
- You can not drink or eat anything except your medications for eight hours prior to surgery.
- Don’t drink any alcohol for one week prior and after your surgery.
- Do not wear any makeup, facial lotions, or perfume the day of surgery. Shower and shampoo the morning of surgery, remove all eyelid and eyebrow cosmetics, and don’t apply any hair gel or grease.
- Bring all your medications with you to surgery.
- Don’t wear jewelry, necklaces, wrist watches, hairpieces, false eyelashes, or contact lenses to surgery.
Before surgery, Dr. Younai and/ or his staff will review with you pre and post operative instructions for Otoplasty, and will furnish you with a written copy of such instructions. Please make sure that you read them in advance. Also, please provide them to whomever who is going to take care of you afterwards.
Dr. Younai performs his surgeries at the state-of-the-art Regency Surgery Center which is certified by Medicare, AAAHC, and AAAASF.
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