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Tympanoplasty (say "tim-PAN-oh-plass-tee") is surgery to repair a hole in the eardrum. The surgery may be done to improve hearing. It is also done to stop frequent ear infections that other treatment does not help.
You will get medicine to make you sleep or feel relaxed during the surgery. You will not feel pain. The surgery is usually done through the opening of the ear canal. Sometimes the surgery is done through a cut (incision) behind your ear. The doctor may use a small piece of tissue taken from behind your ear to patch the hole in your eardrum. Or the doctor may use an artificial graft to patch the hole. If the doctor made an incision, it will be closed with stitches.
You will probably go home on the same day of your surgery. Most people are able to go back to work or their normal routine in about 1 to 2 weeks. But if you must be very active or lift heavy things for your job, you may need to take up to 2 to 4 weeks off.
Surgery can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of: March 1, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Charles M. Myer III MD - Otolaryngology
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