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When preparing for ear surgery, it is important to follow all pre-operative instructions as they can help speed your recovery. Before your surgical appointment, Dr. Charles Thorne will discuss your treatment with you and provide a detailed list of pre- and post-operative directions, including what you will need to do on the day of your surgery and what medications you will need to avoid. Most of our otoplasty surgeries are performed as outpatient procedures at our office in New York, NY. You will need to make arrangements for someone to drive you to and from surgery.

Planning Your Treatment

One of the most important stages of preparing for your otoplasty is treatment planning. During your initial consultation, Dr. Thorne will review your medical history. He will likely ask you questions about current and past medical conditions. You should disclose all medications you are currently taking or have taken recently.

Dr. Thorne will also examine your ears—position, size, shape, and symmetry—to determine the treatment best suited for your needs. He will likely ask you to explain why you want otoplasty and what you are hoping to achieve to ensure you have realistic expectations for treatment. We may also take pictures of your ears for our records.

The Weeks Before

There are certain steps you can take in the weeks leading up to your surgery to facilitate a smooth recovery. Smoking and tobacco use decreases blood flow and lowers the body’s ability to heal. If you are a smoker, Dr. Thorne will likely recommend you stop using tobacco products before surgery and during recovery.

An aspirin bottle, a box of cigarettes, and an herbal supplement

Taking certain medications, as well as using tobacco products and certain herbal supplements, will need to be ceased in the weeks prior to your otoplasty.

You should also avoid medications that increase bleeding, such as aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and certain vitamins and herbal supplements. Dr. Thorne can recommend alternatives to any necessary medications to ensure you remain healthy as you prepare for your otoplasty procedure.

Preparing properly for surgery can prevent complications and help ensure you enjoy a smooth recovery.

Depending on the extent of your procedure, you may need to arrange for assistance during recovery. Most patients need a ride home from surgery and require someone to stay with them for the first night. You may need to arrange for help for a longer period of time as well.

The Day of Surgery

Dr. Thorne or a member of our team will provide you with detailed instructions about the day of your surgery, including what to wear and what time to arrive. We will also tell you where your surgery will be. While most of our procedures are performed in our office, some treatment is provided at the Lenox Hill Hospital across the street from the practice.

Contact Us Today

Preparing properly for surgery can prevent complications and help ensure you enjoy a smooth recovery. If you are interested in learning more about ear surgery, Dr. Thorne can sit down with you and discuss the benefits of the procedure. He can also assess your candidacy. For more information or to schedule an initial consultation at our office, contact us online or call (212) 794-0044 today.

In The Media

Dr. Thorne is consistently highlighted in every publication profiling the Best Doctors in Manhattan or the Best Doctors in the entire United States. He has been featured in the New York Times multiple years running, as well as America's Top Doctors, and has hosted a radio show on plastic surgery alongside dermatologist Dr. Linda Franks.

  • New York Best Doctors 2019
  • New York Best Doctors 2017
  • New York Best Doctors 2014
  • New York Best Doctors 2008

  • New York Best Doctors 2005
  • Americas Top Doctors 2002
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