Tympanoplasty is a reconstructive procedure performed to repair torn tympanic membranes or ossicles and help restore hearing, treat certain types of deafness, and prevent middle ear infections.

Tympanoplasty Procedure

During the tympanoplasty procedure, the hole in the eardrum is closed with a patch of tissue most often takes from the outer part of the ear or from the skin behind the ear.

An incision is made behind the ear and the ear is moved forward to expose the eardrum. The hole in the eardrum is thoroughly cleaned before the graft tissue is cut and placed over the hole to repair the eardrum.

The normal skin of the eardrum will grow across the hole over time.

This procedure usually takes one to two hours to perform and is usually performed under general anesthesia, although adults undergoing this procedure may only need a local anesthetic.

Patients will likely need to stay in the hospital overnight after this procedure, and will be discharged the next morning. Outpatient surgery may be possible for older children or adults.

Recovery from Tympanoplasty

After tympanoplasty, patients will likely experience ear pain, soreness and drainage from the ear for the first few days. These symptoms usually go away on their own within a few days, and can be managed with pain medication from your doctor if needed.

It is important to keep the ear clean and dry after surgery to reduce the risk of infection and promote proper healing.

A cotton ball should be kept in the ear canal and changed regularly. Your doctor will provide you with specific post-surgical instructions to ensure that the ear heals quickly with no complications.

Most patients experience significant improvement in hearing loss and other symptoms after the tympanoplasty procedure.


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