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Tympanoplasty is a procedure that is performed to close small holes in the eardrum or repair damaged eardrum. This surgery is performed to repair only the eardrum, and not the ear bones.
In this surgery, the hole is patched with a graft of the patient’s own tissue. Generally, a connective tissue called fascia or perichondrium are used.
For relatively smaller holes in the eardrum, Myringoplasty is used. In this surgery, a small piece of special paper or gel foam is used to temporarily cover the holes.
The doctor generally waits for 4 to 6 weeks to allow natural healing, after eardrum has developed any defect or a hole.
However, if the eardrum is does not get repaired by natural healing process, then the doctor might suggest the surgery. The eardrum needs a repair in following cases:
Eardrum defects are common in children.
The doctor will instruct to fast for 8 to 10 hours, prior to the surgery.
The surgery is performed under general anesthesia by an experienced ENT surgeon. The procedure generally takes 2 to 3 hours.
During the surgery,
After the procedure, the patient may return home on the same day.
The doctor will advise to
Tympanoplasty is relatively a safe procedure. However, commonly known risks include: