Tympanoplasty / Mastoidectomy

Tympanoplasty / Mastoidectomy - Tympanoplasty / Mastoidectomy

The mastoid bone is a bony collection of air pockets located just behind the ear. The Tympanoplasty with Mastoidectomy procedure is performed to correct issues that have arisen within the middle ear, usually caused by chronic infections. Skin growths can form within this area of the ear and, if not treated, can cause a variety of problems to include dizziness, deafness, and nerve damage. It should also be noted that, if left untreated, there are many more dire situations that can occur, so surgery is strongly recommended. After we place the patient under general anesthesia, we make an incision behind the ear to assess how much damage has been done to the mastoid bone. It is extremely important for our patients to follow our post-operative procedures in order to avoid any additional complications.

Pre / Post Operative Instructions For Tympanoplasty / Mastoidectomy

General Instructions

  • DIET: After surgery, have only liquids for the rest of the day. Advance to regular diet on post-operative day one or two as tolerated.
  • Take medication, as directed, for pain
  • Do not take the bandage off or get it wet
  • Bandage is to be removed about 48 hours after surgery. Gently wash the wound, then apply antibacterial ointment.
  • After three weeks, begin ear drops as instructed. Keep follow-up appointment at four weeks.
  • Avoid lifting anything weighing more than 15 pounds. Do not blow your nose, fly in an airplane, or swim. Sneeze with your mouth open.

Normal Problems

  • Slight dizziness or unsteadiness (with or without nausea) may occur. Call your physician if dizziness or vomiting are disabling or last more than 24 hours.
  • Thin, bloody drainage from the ear should lessen and stop within a few days
  • Packing and/or scabs may fall from the ear canal. Do not replace packing, or place anything in the ear.
  • Hearing may be decreased due to the packing.

Abnormal Problems

  • Fever of greater than 101 degrees F (38.5 C) that does not respond to over-the-counter pain relievers and fluids as directed by Dr. Daube.
  • Foul odor or pus coming from the ear.
  • If excessive bleeding should occur, call the office immediately.