When contemplating surgery it is important to have an idea of the time required to recover.

Please find below some information regarding the most common procedures Ben Cook performs. This information is provided as a general guide only and may be different in certain situations. Unexpected complications or the effects of prescription medications may lengthen the recovery period.

Nasal Surgery


Septoplasty - Generally 5-7 days off work. Many self employed people will have surgery on a Thursday or a Friday and take the following week off. It is sensible to wait 2 weeks before heavy lifting, straining or exercising at the gym. Light exercise (walking) is permissible after a few days.

Turbinate reduction - Generally 4-5 days off work. Heavy lifting and straining is not recommended for the first 2 weeks. 

Rhinoplasty - Generally 1 week off work. The nasal splint and dressings are removed after that time and the nose cleaned. After that period most people are able to return to work. Heavy lifting and straining is usually not recommended for a fortnight after surgery. Strenuous exercise or heavy gym work is not advisable for 3 or 4 weeks.

Endoscopic Sinus Surgery - Generally 4-5 days off work. Flying is not advisable for 2 weeks after sinus surgery. See Septoplasty above.

General ENT

Tonsillectomy - Approximately 10 days off work or school is the average. It is advisable to assume that you will take 14 days to recover, though occasionally patients will attend work or school earlier. Don't plan your tonsillectomy too close to any important events like your wedding or graduation! 

Adenoidectomy - Usually 2-3 days off childcare or school is required. 

Ventilation tubes (grommets) - Recovery is usually about 1-2 days. Most children return to kindergarten/creche after a day, most adults return to work the following day. Flying is safe the day after grommet insertion.

Uvulopalatoplasty (snoring surgery) - This often takes 10-14 days to recover from. Like tonsillectomy there is a wide range in recovery time but it is advisable to inform your work that you will be at home recovering for 2 weeks. 

Microlaryngoscopy - We recommend about 3days of voice rest after laryngeal surgery. Pain is usually not significant and most people return to work after that time.

Ear Surgery

Myringoplasty - Recovery usually takes 1-2 weeks. Washing hair can be tricky in the first week and most people don't feel like attending work until the second week. Flying should be avoided for 4-6 weeks after the surgery.

Stapedectomy - It is recommended most people stay home for the first week or so. Heavy lifting or straining is  not allowed for the first few weeks. Air travel is not recommended for 4-6 weeks after the surgery.

Mastoidectomy - Recovery can take up to 2 weeks. See Myringoplasty