Return to Normal Activities

Recovery from Myringoplasty takes 1-2 weeks. You may choose to keep your child away from day-care, kindergarten and school for 1-2 days following surgery and adults will need 1 week off work.

General activities can be resumed as you feel up to it.

Ear Care

After leaving hospital, a small cotton ball 1-2cm in size can be placed in the bowl of the ear to absorb any discharge. It is common to have blood stained ooze from the ear following the operation.

14 days after the operation you may commence using the prescribed eardrops. These help dissolve any packing material within the ear canal.

The graft following Myringoplasty is held in place by packing and pressure only. Avoid sneezing, nose blowing, flying, diving and heavy straining to prevent the graft being dislodged. If you must sneeze or cough, then do so through an open mouth.

Most of the above can be recommenced 6 weeks following surgery but please ask Dr Morrissey if you have any queries.

Wound Care

When an incision has been made behind the ear, there will usually be a dressing in place. This can be removed after 5 days. Thereafter Chlorsig ointment can be applied 3 times a day until it is healed.

Where the incision is at the front of the ear, Chlorsig ointment can be applied straight away post-op, 3 times daily.

In both cases, stitches are usually absorbable and do not require removal.

Pain relief

Most people experience mild ear discomfort following surgery.  Paracetamol (Panadol) or Ibuprofen (Nurofen) is usually all that is required. Please follow dosage instructions as advised by the manufacturer.

Should pain relief requirements exceed this, please contact Dr Morrissey.


Eardrops may be prescribed following surgery. Please take as directed.


There are no restrictions on diet.


It is common to have a mild fever for the first 24hrs after the operation.  Please call Dr Morrissey’s rooms if there is a persistent fever greater than 38.5°C.

Water Precautions

Please keep the ear dry following surgery as water in the ear increases the risk of infection and reduces the chance of a successful operation.

Showering should be done by placing cotton wool coated in Vaseline into the entrance of the ear canal and using a bathing cap. To wash your hair, try to do so over a sink with the aid of another person.

Should water inadvertently enter the ear, dry the ear with a warm hairdryer to prevent water pooling in the ear canal.

Follow Up Appointment

Usually an appointment will be scheduled for 3 weeks after the surgery when the booking for surgery is made. Please contact Dr Morrissey to clarify details if needed.

How to contact Dr Morrissey

For non-emergency issues please call 07 4646 4275 for further instructions.

Dr Morrissey shares ‘on-call’ arrangements with other ENT surgeons and one is usually available to answer questions. After hours the "On Call" ENT Surgeon can be contacted via the Toowoomba Base Hospital on (07) 4616 6000.

Should your concerns not be addressed via a phone call please present to your nearest Emergency Department.

In the event of an Emergency call 000 or attend the nearest Emergency Department.