Aural atresia is the lack of an ear canal. It may occur in one or
both ears. In aural atresia repair, the doctor rebuilds the canal and middle ear.
This surgery is done when a child is at least 5 years old.
The doctor makes
a new ear canal and fixes problems in the middle ear. Your child will be asleep
during the surgery.
Children often go home several hours after
surgery. They may have ear pain for up to 2 weeks after surgery. Your child
will probably be able to go back to school or daycare within a week.
The surgery should improve your child's hearing. But your child may still
need a hearing aid.
When a child has aural atresia, the outside of the ear may not look normal. The doctor may want to repair it as well. This is done in a separate surgery, usually before the canal and middle ear are fixed.
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
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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