Why is the procedure performed?

  • Dry perforations of the eardrum
  • Chronic ear infections with complications, such as
    • Persistent drainage through an eardrum perforation
    • Severe retraction of the eardrum with erosion of the ossicles or skin trapped in the middle ear
    • Conductive hearing loss
    • Middle ear adhesions

How is the procedure performed?

  • In the operating room under general anesthesia
  • Done as an outpatient procedure
  • Pre-op labs may be required
  • Chest x-ray and EKG are required if patient is over the age of 50 and heart or lung problems exist

What should I expect?

  • Pain lasting several days
  • Delayed improvement in hearing

What should I do after the surgery?

  • Take antibiotics and pain medications given by the doctor
  • Keep all water out of the ear canals
  • Call the doctor if you are severely dizzy or if your face does not move
  • Go to the emergency room immediately if clots of blood occur
  • Return for follow-up in 1 day