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