Few things make our Austin surgeons happier than seeing your child recover quickly from microtia repair with a beautiful new ear (or set of ears). This is one of those procedures that sets your child on a great course for the future, too.
Because so few pediatric surgeons perform this procedure in the Austin area, our doctors have made microtia repair one of their top priorities and specialties. And we couldn’t be happier with the results!
But let’s talk about after surgery. What happens when you take your child home following their procedure?
It is important to remember that Wellspring Craniofacial Group in Austin is still with you and your child during the after — always available to answer any questions that might arise post surgery.
It’s important to note that it takes children a few days to feel like themselves again following surgery. There will probably be swelling and some discoloration. Don’t be alarmed. These symptoms gradually disappear over the days and weeks following their microtia repair. And when your child first sees his or her new ear or ears, the minor recuperation time will be well worth it.
In the meantime, here is a list of aftercare necessities to utilize at home. Sticking to these post-op notes will help your child recover from their microtia repair in no time.
Limit Physical Activity After Microtia Repair
In the days following surgery, make sure your child avoids impact play such as sports or other games that require exertion.
Quiet play and activities are recommended to help keep your child stimulated during recovery. These can include:
Usually, after several days or a week, your child will be able to get outdoors or possibly visit a museum or cinema. It will probably still be too soon for exertion.
Take Care of Your Child’s Surgical Dressing
Your child will likely be fitted with a cover that helps the ear heal faster and encourages contouring. It is important to keep this and any other dressings clean and dry in the days following surgery. Sponge baths are recommended.
Manage Your Child’s Pain and Well-being
Your child’s doctor may prescribe medications, including pain meds or ointments. It is important to follow the instructions and not miss doses or applications. Elevated pain and swelling could result.
In addition to your child’s pain management, it is important to be reassuring. Under that dressing is a new ear (or ears). Make sure your child understands that this is a good thing. For a child, surgery can be scary even with the most compassionate surgeons and staff on hand.
Follow All Post-Op Instructions
After surgery, your child’s doctor will provide you with detailed instructions to help you care for your child at home. It is important to follow these instructions, and always get in touch with us if you have any questions or concerns.
If you have questions about microtia repair, please call our Austin office at 512-600-2888 or use our online contact form. Our doctors are well-prepared to help you and your child through microtia repair surgery.