Canalplasty makes the ear canal wider. A doctor
does this surgery to improve hearing in children who have a very narrow ear
canal. It also can 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.
With surgery, your
child's hearing should improve after several weeks. But your child may still
need a hearing aid.
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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