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(Middle Ear Repair)
|The Middle Ear|
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- Myringoplasty—repair of a tear in the eardrum
- Tympanoplasty with ossiculoplasty—repair of a tear in the eardrum and correction of a defect in the bones of the middle ear
- Tympanoplasty with mastoidectomy—repair of a tear in the eardrum and eradication of bony infection in the area behind the ear
Reasons for Procedure
- Restore hearing and treat certain types of deafness
- Prevent infection of the middle ear that occurs through a chronic perforation
- Failure to restore hearing
Damage to structures in or near the middle ear:
- Nerves—resulting in loss or distortion of taste or paralysis of the face
- Middle ear bones—resulting in loss of hearing that may be permanent or require further surgery
- Inner ear structures—resulting in lightheadedness
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Blood thinners
- Antiplatelet medications
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
- Blowing your nose hard
- Exposing your ear to water—Ask your doctor how to wash your hair and shower for the first few weeks after surgery.
- Swimming or diving
- Heavy weight lifting and straining
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Increasing fluid or foul-smelling fluid draining from the ear
- Redness, swelling, increased pain, bleeding, or discharge from the incision site
- Pain that you cannot control with the medications you have been given
- Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
- Any new symptoms
American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck surgery http://www.entnet.org
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders http://www.nidcd.nih.gov
Canadian Society of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery http://www.entcanada.org
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Tympanoplasty. Northwest ENT Associates website. Available at: http://www.nwentassociates.org/Tympanoplasty.asp. Accessed July 23, 2013.
Tympanoplasty. UW Health website. Available at: http://www.uwhealth.org/healthfacts/B%5FEXTRANET%5FHEALTH%5FINFORMATION-FlexMember-Show%5FPublic%5FHFFY%5F1117547740636.html. Updated January 24, 2013. Accessed July 23, 2013.
Tympanoplasty/paper patch myringoplasty. Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh website. Available at: http://www.chp.edu/CHP/Tympanoplasty+. Accessed July 23, 2013.
Tympanoplasty: repair of ear drum perforations. Ear Institute of Chicago website. Available at: http://www.chicagoear.com/Ear%20Surgery/tympanoplasty.html. Accessed July 23, 2013.
- Reviewer: Kari Kassir, MD; Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 07/2013
- Update Date: 05/11/2013