The Epley Maneuver is used to treat vertigo. A doctor will take you through a four-step procedure to help the symptoms caused by your vertigo.

Important: If you have any of these problems, please discuss them with the doctor.

  • Doctor with patient experiencing vertigoHigh blood pressure
  • A history of detached retina
  • Neck and/or back problems

Before the Epley Maneuver

  • You may eat a light meal 4 hours before the procedure.
  • Wear casual, comfortable clothing.
  • If you or the doctor believe that you will experience dizziness and/or nausea during the procedure, you may have medication before hand to help control these symptoms.

After the Epley Maneuver

  • Plan to have someone drive you home after the procedure. You may be dizzy temporarily, or, if you have had medication to control dizziness, you may be a little groggy.
  • Do not lie flat for 48 hours after the procedure. Use 2 or 3 pillows to elevate your head when sleeping or resting.
  • Do not tip your head forward as you would to brush your teeth, or lean over as you would to tie your shoes for 48 hours after the procedure. (Keeping your head in an upright position will allow the canaliths to settle in the area of the labyrinth, where they won't disturb your balance.)
  • Other than keeping your head upright, you may follow your normal activities.
  • Return to the clinic as requested.