Your Home Care
This handout will review the care you need to follow at home. Your nurse will go over it with
you. If you have any questions once you're home, please call.
What to Do
1. Rest your voice for at least 24 to 48 hours.
2. You may be hoarse for a while. This is normal and goes away with time. Do not whisper.
It strains your voice.
3. For the first 24-48 hours, keep your head raised 30-45º (on at least 2 or more pillows) when
you are resting.
4. If you have a sore throat, drink plenty of liquids and eat only soft bland foods until your sore
throat is gone. Do not gargle.
5. Do not to smoke. Smoking increases throat irritation and secretions.
If You Had a Biopsy
1. Try not to clear your throat for the first 24 hours. This may dislodge a blood clot where the
biopsy was taken.
2. It will take about 48 to 72 hours for your doctor to receive the test results. The doctor will
then inform you of your results.
Patients often complain of a sore throat. Before your discharge, your doctor will prescribe pain
medicine for you if you need it.
When to Call the Doctor
ξ Severe trouble swallowing.
ξ Coughing up large blood clots.
ξ A fever greater than 100.5º F (when taken by mouth).
ξ Shortness of breath or can’t get your breath. Go to the nearest Emergency Room to be
ξ Any feeling you are not recovering like you should.
ENT Clinic: (608) 263-6190, weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
After clinic hours and weekends, the clinic number will be answered by the paging operator. Ask
for the ENT resident on call. Be sure to leave your name, area code, and phone number. The
doctor will call you back shortly.
If you are from out of the area, use our toll-free phone number: 1-800-323-8942.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright ©1/2015. University of Wisconsin Hospitals
and Clinics Authority. All rights reserved. Produced by the Department of Nursing. HF#4460.