Middle ear surgery describes reconstructive procedures that allow for the components of the inner ear to be altered to fix abnormalities and allow for improved hearing ability.
What is it?
Middle ear surgery refers to multiple operations on the middle ear, including stapedectomy for treating hearing loss, tympanoplasty for eardrum reconstruction, myringotomy for draining ear fluid, perforated eardrum repair, and tumor removal.
What should I do to prepare?
If you are having middle ear surgery, the patient is advised to follow the eating and drinking restrictions set by the doctor before the surgery to avoid complications with anesthesia. The patient should arrange transportation accommodations to be driven home after the operation.
What happens during the process?
Because there are a variety of middle ear surgeries, each one has its specific details of technique. The middle ear is accessed and may have a prosthetic structure placed in a stapedectomy. Other procedures may include drainage or cancerous tissue removal.
What are the risks and potential complications?
This procedure involves risks as with any surgical treatment. Specifically, there is the possibility of hearing loss, tinnitus, dizziness, taste disturbance and mouth dryness, ear drum perforation, and facial weakness.
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