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A tympanomastoidectomy (say "tim-PAN-oh-mas-toyd-ECK-tuh-mee") is surgery on your ear. It treats a damaged eardrum and tissue. The doctor will remove the abnormal or infected tissue in the bony area behind the ear. This area is called the mastoid. The doctor will repair the eardrum. He or she also may repair the three tiny bones in the middle ear that help with hearing.
You will get medicine to make you sleep during the surgery. You will not feel pain. The doctor will do the surgery through a cut (incision) behind your ear. When the doctor has finished the surgery, he or she will close the incision with stitches.
You will probably go home on the same day as your surgery. Most people can go back to work or their normal routine in about 1 to 2 weeks. But if your job requires strenuous activity or heavy lifting, you may need to take up to 4 weeks off. Your doctor can help you decide when to go back to work.
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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