Post-Operative Instruction Sheet

After surgery there are several things that you or your family will probably experience. This sheet should help address many common questions or concerns.


  • Discomfort after surgery is very common and may last up to 2 weeks.
  • It is very common to have ear pain (referred from the healing throat) around 5 days after surgery.
  • Take prescribed pain medicine as directed on the packaging.
  • Use over-the-counter acetaminophen and ibuprofen as described on the package label.
  • If you are on prescription aspirin, do not resume it until 2 weeks after the surgery.


  • Drink lots of “clear” liquids the first few days after surgery, such as water and dilute fruit juices.
  • Avoid liquids that are hot, acidic, or caffeinated.
  • Soft foods along with plenty of fluids are usually fine
  • Avoid crunchy, hard, spicy and fatty foods for 2 weeks after surgery.
  • Cold foods such as popsicles often work well.
  • Milk products are usually fine to start 2-3 days after surgery.



  • The chance of a severe bleeding episode is very low. However, patients may experience minor bleeding.
  • If a small amount of bleeding is noted, remain clam, rest, and gargle with ice water.
  • If prolonged or excessive bleeding is noted, call the office for further instructions. If it is after hours, please go to the emergency room. For severe bleeding call 911.
  • Avoid straining, heavy lifting, and vigorous exercise for 2 weeks after surgery.


Other concerns:

  • Fever up to 101 is very common after surgery and may last for a few days.
  • White patches (healing scabs) in the back of the throat are expected after surgery and may last for up to 2 weeks.

If problems or questions arise, please call the office at (458) 205-6500

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