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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 doctor will probably do the surgery through a cut (incision) behind your ear. Sometimes the surgery can be done through the opening of the ear canal. The doctor will use a small piece of your tissue to patch the hole in your eardrum. This is taken from your outer ear or the area behind the ear. If the doctor made an incision, he or she will close it 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.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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: December 2, 2020
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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