Types of Surgery Performed
Our providers use several types of surgery to correct chronic ear infections. An initial evaluation will allow our providers to select the best surgery for your needs. During this evaluation, your symptoms will be reviewed, and your ears will be examined. Some of the available surgical options include:
This is a surgery to correct damage to the eardrum from past infections while also helping prevent future infections. Myringoplasty is commonly performed on patients who do not have active infections or cancer within the ear bones. During the procedure, a small graft of tissue will be taken and used to repair the eardrum. After the surgery, most patients experience an improvement within one to two months. Some patients may also find their hearing has improved.
Bilateral Myringotomy and Tubes (BM-T)
The surgery is for patients who experience chronic fluid build-up within their ears. The surgery requires the provider to create a small hole within the eardrum and insert a prosthetic tube to allow fluid to drain. This is performed as an outpatient procedure, allowing patients to return home once the surgery is complete. Patients will begin to feel immediate relief. After some months, the tubes will naturally fall out, and the hole created will heal.
This procedure repairs the eardrum while preventing future inner ear infections. It can also help reverse some cases of hearing loss. It is performed as an outpatient procedure and requires an incision behind the ear. With the use of a tissue graft, the surgeon can repair damage to the eardrum.
The mastoid bone is found behind the ear and connects to the middle ear. During this surgery, an incision is made behind the ear to allow access to the bone. The surgeon will clean the mastoid bone to stop infections from recurring.
A meatoplasty removes cartilage from the ear to enlarge the canal. It can help when there has been severe damage to the canal. This corrects the canal while also allowing it to be cleaned effectively.