Tympanoplasty

Tympanoplasty is a surgery done to repair the eardrum and middle ear bones. The eardrum and bones are necessary to hear. Types of tympanoplasty include:

  • Call Your Doctor

    After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Increasing fluid or foul-smelling fluid draining from the ear
    • Redness, swelling, increased pain, bleeding, or discharge from the incision site
    • Lightheadedness
    • Pain that you cannot control with the medications you were given
    • Any new symptoms

    If you think you an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    Tympanoplasty is a surgery done to repair the eardrum and middle ear bones. The eardrum and bones are necessary to hear.

    The Middle Ear
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    Types of tympanoplasty include:

    • Myringoplasty—repair of a tear in the eardrum
    • Tympanoplasty with ossiculoplasty—repair of a tear in the eardrum and correction of a defect in the bones of the middle ear
    • Tympanoplasty with mastoidectomy—repair of a tear in the eardrum and eradication of bony infection in the area behind the ear

  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    The procedure can also help to:

    • Restore hearing and treat certain types of deafness

    • Prevent
      infection of the middle ear
      that occurs through a chronic perforation

  • Possible Complications

    Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a
    tympanoplasty, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

    • Infection
    • Failure to restore hearing

    • Damage to structures in or near the middle ear:

      • Nerves—resulting in loss or distortion of taste or paralysis of the face
      • Middle ear bones—resulting in loss of hearing that may be permanent or require further surgery
      • Inner ear structures—resulting in lightheadedness