• Perforation in the ear drum
  • Hearing loss

In normal individuals, ear cavity is ventilated by the Eustachian tube and it dysfunction can cause vacuum effect and ear drum retraction. An abnormal growth of skin can develop in the pouch behind the eardrum – this is actually a growth of the skin cells of the eardrum collecting and forming what is called a cholesteatoma. A cholesteatoma can damage bone that is near if not treated, causing dizziness, facial nerve damage, deafness, infection and abscess formation. Tympanomastoidectomy is the surgical procedure to remove cholesteatoma and reconstruct ear drum and ossicles.

What happens during Tympanomastoidectomy surgery?

  • Under general anesthesia your surgeon will make an incision behind your ear so that the mastoid bone and middle ear can be reached
  • Any cholesteatoma and infected bone are then removed
  • Packing will be placed in your ear to help promote healing
  • The incision site is then closed with stitches and covered with tape
  • This surgery is usually done in about two to three hours so you should be able to go home the next day after your surgery
Things to do during recovery:

  • Take the prescribed medication
  • Keep operated ear dry for 2-3 weeks
  • Avoid forceful blowing of nose
  • Avoid swimming and flying in an airplane for 3 weeks
Following are the indications for immediate medical care post-surgery:

  • Dizziness
  • Persistent vomiting for over 24 hours post-surgery
  • Ear bleeding, severe ear pain and ear discharge

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Dr. Muaaz Tarabichi is the ENT specialist in Dubai with more than 30 years of Experience practicing in the UAE & USA.

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Dr. Muaaz Tarabichi Expert in ear and sinus surgery with over 10,000 Surgeries Performed

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Dr. Muaaz Tarabichi Expert in ear and sinus surgery with over 10,000 Surgeries Performed

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