Your Care at Home after an
Endolymphatic Sac Decompression (ELSD)
What to Expect
You can expect to return from surgery with a
large dressing over your ear and head. There
will be an incision behind your ear. It is
common to feel some pain, so use your pain
medicine if you need it. You may have a small
amount of blood-stained drainage from your ear.
What to Do
ξ Avoid strenuous activity for 2 weeks,
or for as long as your doctor tells
you. No jogging, yoga, competitive
sports, swimming or lifting more
than 15 pounds.
ξ Check your incision for any signs of
infection. Watch for:
Warmth at the site
Any pus-like drainage
ξ Keep the incision behind your ear
dry for 2 days.
ξ Check with your doctor before air
travel. It is often 4 weeks before you
will be able to travel by air to avoid
pressure changes in your ear.
When to Call Your Doctor
ξ Excess bleeding (bleeding that soaks
a gauze dressing in 10 minutes or less
for one hour)
ξ Temperature greater than 100.4º F
for two readings taken 4 hours apart
ξ Pain that is not relieved by
prescription pain medicine
ξ Any signs of infection; redness,
swelling, fever, drainage, increased pain
ξ Any clear fluid leaking from your
nose or ear.
ENT Clinic: (608) 263-6190 Monday - Friday,
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
After 5:00 pm or weekends, and holidays, the
clinic number will be answered by the paging
operator. Ask for the ENT doctor on-call.
Leave your name and phone number with the
area code. The doctor will call you back shortly.
If you live out of the area, please call 1-800-
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
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