Recovery from bone conduction implant surgery

Learn about caring for yourself or a loved one after surgery, and find out what to expect during recovery.

What you'll find on this page

  • Information about your procedure.
  • How to care for yourself or your loved one after surgery.
  • When you can expect to return to work and other activities.

Preparing yourself for surgery

As your surgery approaches, you may experience a range of emotions.

Understanding what to expect and how best to recover from surgery will help give you confidence as you look forward to life with your new hearing.

After your procedure

After bone conduction implant surgery, medical staff will apply a bandage to protect the incision. They will show you how to care for the implant site. They will also give you advice about medication prescriptions and possible activity restrictions.

Your surgeon will let you know when to remove the bandage or when to come in for bandage removal. This is usually a few days after surgery.

Use this time after surgery to rest, recover and get ready for when you will be fitted with a sound processor.

How to care for yourself or your loved one at home after surgery

Recovering from your surgery is straight forward, but it will take time. Support from family and friends is vital as you prepare for life with your new hearing.

Here are some tips and recommendations to help you recover

  1. Follow your surgeon's instructions and take medication as directed.
  2. Arrange for someone to take you home from hospital as you won’t be able to drive.
  3. Ask a friend or family member to help you for a day after your surgery so you can recuperate.
  4. You should be able to shower and wash your hair one week after surgery unless instructed otherwise, being careful to keep water out of your ear.
  5. Eat a healthy diet and drink lots of water to promote healing.

How long does it take to recover?

Your surgeon will want your incision to heal before you are fitted with your sound processor and it's programmed for the first time. This typically takes 2-6 weeks for Baha® implants.

Many people return to work or normal activities within a few days, but you may want to give yourself at least a week to recover.

Your surgeon will tell you when it’s safe to return to your activities. Most surgeons advise against lifting even moderately heavy weights for a few days after surgery.


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