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.
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
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:
July 29, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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