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
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
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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