Tympanoplasty - Eardrum Repair

Tympanoplasty (say "tim-PAN-oh-plass-tee") is surgery to repair a hole in the eardrum. The surgery may have been done to improve hearing or to stop frequent ear infections that did not get better with other treatments.

How long does it take to recover from a tympanoplasty?

Tympanoplasty and Mastoidectomy recovery typically involves 1-2 weeks off of work or school. An initial follow-up appointment should take place one week after surgery for suture removal, after which most normal activity can resume. Packing will be removed periodically as the ear heals.

What is the success rate of tympanoplasty?

Surgical success was defined as an intact membrane after two years follow-up and hearing improvement of at least 15 decibels. The success rate of the tympanoplasties was 90%. A functioning eustachian tube was found to be important for graft take.

Does Tympanoplasty improve hearing?

Most patients enjoy improvement of their hearing after successful tympanoplastybut scar tissue formation, Eustachian tube problems and problems with the bones in the middle ear can result in on-going hearing loss. The hearing can rarely be worse after surgery. Conductive, sensorineural or mixed hearing loss may occur.

How painful is a tympanoplasty?

Tympanoplasty (say "tim-PAN-oh-plass-tee") is surgery to repair a hole in the eardrum. You may feel dizzy for a few days after surgery. The cut (incision) the doctor made behind your ear may be sore, and you may have ear pain for about a week. Some bloody fluid may drain from your ear canal and the incision.

What can you not do after tympanoplasty?

Please use ear plugs or a cotton ball dipped in Vaseline® when showering/washing hair. If surgery was done to improve hearing there may not be a noticeable change until 8-12 weeks after surgery. Avoid nose blowing for 2 weeks following surgery. Encourage your child to sneeze with his/her mouth open.

How dangerous is ear surgery?

The risks of surgery (tympanoplasty, ossicular chain reconstruction, or tympanoplasty with mastoidectomy) include the following: An eardrum perforation may occur if the eardrum does not heal properly. The cholesteatoma or ear infection can come back. Further hearing loss happens less than 10 percent of the time.

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