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Tympanoplasty is an operation done to repair a hole in the eardrum or middle ear with or without a tympanic membrane graft. The tissue graft is taken from behind the patient's ear, or a synthetic material graft may also be used. It can be done either under local anesthesia or general anesthesia. It takes at least 2 to 3 months for the patient to recover.

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Query: Hello doctor, I am 21-year-old. I have had a problem with pus discharge from my right ear right from childhood. I have been told that there is a perforation, and it needs to be closed by surgery. Recently, I had severe pain as well, along with the pus. The usage of buds to clean was the reason for t...  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The perforation has to be closed using tympanoplasty surgery. Otherwise, the perforation may become unsafe with loss of ossicles, and more complex surgeries may be required for its correction. Chances are there for the development of cholesteatoma, which can invade and...  Read Full »

I had an ear tympanoplasty and am now suffering significant dizziness. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I suffer from migraines. My eardrum has a hole, and I have had a viral attack. I had a tympanoplasty in my ear and am now experiencing severe dizziness in my head. Please advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. I would appreciate more information about your symptoms: 1. How long have you had migraine headaches? When did you first notice you were dizzy? 2. Describe how you felt throughout the dizzy episode: Is it the s...  Read Full »

Which is effective - tympanotomy or tympanoplasty?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother has more than 70% hearing loss in the left ear. The doctor has recommended tympanotomy or tympanoplasty. Is it effective? My mother is 55 years old. Would she get any benefit from this surgery? Is there any complication associated with it? Is there any non-surgical procedure ...  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I would recommend you to undergo a test called tympanometry in which we will come to know if there is any collection of fluid in the middle ear or if there is any damage to the bone of the middle ear. Also, let me know what kind of hearing loss she has. Is it conductive...  Read Full »

I have ear discharging after tympanoplasty. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have an eardrum perforation since childhood. I had tympanoplasty done last year but, that failed. Now, the ear keeps discharging all the time. I completed a course of Ciprofloxacin and Dexatops ear drops but after a week, the discharge is back. Please advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to A recurrent ear discharge after a failed tympanoplasty needs to be evaluated completely. The causes can be a reservoir of infection in your mastoid bone, resistant organism, Eustachian tube dysfunction, etc. The permanent treatment is a revision tympanoplasty usually d...  Read Full »

Do I need a second surgery after hitting my eardrum with nails?

Query: Hi doctor, I had tympanoplasty and mastoidectomy surgery on a few years back. I had a deep attic pocket and an ear infection, due to which I was told to have surgery. I visited my doctor last week, and he declared me fit and allowed me to swim and bathe with cotton on. But I had some discharge the...  Read Full »

Dr. Syed Peerzada Tehmid Ul Haque

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Since you had an attic retraction pocket, they must have done a modified radical mastoidectomy with an open cavity technique. Discharge is one of the frequent problems of a mastoid cavity. Does your doctor plan to do a second look surgery? Can y...  Read Full »

Will eardrum perforation due to barotrauma on using suction heal on its own?

Query: Hello doctor, I have otitis media induced perforation. Perforation is caused as well by barotrauma and by using suction mistakenly thinking as the earwax is causing discomfort. Does perforation of this size require surgical repair? Or will it heal on its own over time? See photos from the otoscope...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through the photos you send (attachment removed to protect patient identity). However, both the photos are not very clear and the tympanic membrane is not clearly visualized. There are various aspects we take into consideration before a patient is chosen as an idea...  Read Full »

What should I do about my long-standing ear infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had an ear problem since when I was a kid. My mother and I went to the doctor to get consulted. They just prescribed medicine to heal my infection. But it never did heal. I was too shy to tell my parents before, and they never asked me if I was fine. I did not know why I never m...  Read Full »

Dr. Bindia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Tympanoplasty (a microsurgery done to fix holes in the eardrum that do not heal on their own) is required if there is perforation. Thank you.   Read Full »

My hearing has been worse since my middle ear surgery a year back. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I had middle ear surgery about a year ago. It was a revision stapedectomy, replacing the prosthesis. Earlier that year, I had tympanoplasty in the same ear. My hearing has been worse since the last surgery. I had a feeling that it would get worse, and a full hearing test recently confi...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. From what I understand, you have a tympanoplasty, following which you underwent a stapedectomy surgery, from which the hearing has deteriorated even further. In my opinion, the final verdict of the hearing is consi...  Read Full »

Can I get an ear infection after undergoing a tympanoplasty and a mastoidectomy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having dizziness and fainting-like sensations along with intense itching in both the ears. I had my husband help me take photos with our otoscope I purchased online. The pictures with redness on them are my right ear, and the pictures without the redness and the yellow tube are my...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Srivastava

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. You are likely to have an acute labyrinthitis with acute inflammation of your right ear. If you had such attacks previously, then an examination and investigations of your concerned ear is a must to finalize the diagnosis for a proper manag...  Read Full »

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