The time after ear correction surgery (ear operation)
An ear correction surgery is a relatively undramatic procedure. The same goes for the period following a surgical operation. Both adults and children are up and moving within a few hours of their surgery.
Pain and discomfort
Once the sedative subsides and for a few hours thereafter the patient often experiences intensive pain in the ears. This pain is to some extent caused be the bandage that puts pressure on the ears. The pain is coped with pain killing medication and gradually decreases throughout the first 3-4 days. An aching pressure like pain can remain for up to a week.
It is the post operative cycle and the problems it entails that makes it necessary for children to be well motivated and informed in order to undergo ear pinning.
Dressing & suture removal
The “turban dressing” is removed after 4-7 days and is replaced by a headband looking dressing that should be worn day and night for two to three weeks with the aim of stabilising the alterations and protect the ears from being bent forward.
The head band can be removed when washing the hair and face. If absorbable sutures are used they disappear on their own, other sutures are removed after 1-2 weeks.
The ears can be slightly discoloured by bruising and soreness throughout the first month following ear correction surgery.
Restrictions and returning to normal activities
All activities that involve some risk of the ear being bent should be avoided for up to one month. Adults can generally return to work after a few days of sick leave following their ear surgery
Children can return to school after approximately one week but should avoid physical games throughout the first month. It is advised that a teacher keeps the child under extra supervision during that period.