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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