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Canalplasty makes the ear canal wider. A doctor may do this surgery for children who have a very narrow ear canal. It may also prevent external ear infections and a buildup of earwax in the ear canal.
Your child will be asleep during the surgery. Children can usually go home 2 to 4 hours after surgery. They may have ear pain for up to 2 weeks later. Your child will probably be able to go back to school or daycare in 1 or 2 days.
Depending on why the surgery was done, your child's hearing may improve after the surgery. But your child may still need a hearing aid if they were already using one.
Surgery can be stressful for both your child and you. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your child's surgery.
Current as of: March 1, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Donald R. Mintz MD - Otolaryngology
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