What is included in postoperative care following complex ear laceration?

Updated: May 10, 2018
  • Author: Gretchen S Lent, MD; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Elevate the head as much as reasonably possible and avoid exertion or trauma for several days.

Reevaluate the wound in 24 hours for hematoma formation and possible drainage.

Sutures are removed in 4-5 days.

Case reports demonstrate the benefits of adjunctive medicinal leech therapy for assisted revascularization of large ear wounds. [13] Leech therapy is indicated where edema, dark-purple discoloration, or insufficient venous drainage are seen. [14]

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