The procedure often only requires local anesthesia. Your ear and the area around it will be numb.
Description of the Procedure
A small incision will be made behind the ear. Some tissue will be extracted from this area. This tissue will then be attached to the eardrum to cover the hole. Other materials may be added to hold the graft in place. If the bones of the middle ear need to be repaired, this is done as well.
A small pack may be left in position in the ear canal. The incision behind the ear will be closed with stitches.
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
Anesthesia prevents pain during the procedure.
To insure proper healing, avoid the following:
Blowing your nose hard
Exposing your ear to water—Ask your doctor how to wash your hair and shower for the first few weeks after surgery.
Swimming or diving
Heavy weight lifting and straining
It will take several weeks after surgery to determine if the tympanoplasty was a success. Complete recovery takes about four weeks. Be sure to follow your doctor's
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
Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a