Tympanoplasty (say "tim-PAN-oh-plass-tee") is surgery to repair a hole in the eardrum. It may be done to improve hearing or to stop frequent ear infections that did not get better with other treatments.
Your child will get medicine to make him or her sleep or feel relaxed during the surgery. The doctor will probably do the surgery through a cut behind the ear. A cut is also called an incision. Sometimes the surgery can be done through the opening of the ear canal instead.
The doctor will use a small piece of tissue from your child to patch the hole in the eardrum. The tissue will come from the child's outer ear or the area behind the ear. If your child had an incision behind the ear, the doctor will close it with stitches.
Your child will probably go home from the hospital on the same day of the surgery. Most children are able to go back to school or their normal routine in about 1 to 2 days. But they should not play hard or do things like sports for about 3 weeks.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Surgery can be stressful both for your child and for you. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your child's surgery.
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Current as of: July 29, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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