Side Effects and Risks
Ear surgery side effects and risks are the unwanted but usually mild and temporary effects of a successful procedure. Examples might include feeling sick after the general anesthetic or painkillers, though medicines are available to help avoid this. Also, there are more common side effects of ear surgery.
Complications are unexpected problems that can occur during and after the surgery. Most people are not affected. The primary complications of any surgery are bleeding
during or soon after the procedure, an abnormal reaction to the anesthetic or developing a blood clot, usually in a vein in the leg (deep vein thrombosis).
Further treatment may be required, such as further surgery to stop bleeding or antibiotics to deal with an infection.
Specific complications of ear surgery are uncommon but can include:
The chance of complications depends on the exact type of procedure that is being performed and other factors such as the person's general health. The surgeon will be able to explain how the risks apply in each individual case.