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I had an mastoidectomy at the end of october ia it normal for my scar to hurt still?

I had an mastoidectomy at the end of october ia it normal for my scar to hurt still?

Mastoidectomy scar: You should not be experiencing frank pain at the site of your mastoidectomy incision. The scar may feel a bit tight or uncomfortable, as the scar initially contracts and then stretches out during the healing and wound remodeling process. Make sure to have the area checked by your ear surgeon.

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What are some of the risks of a mastoidectomy?

What are some of the risks of a mastoidectomy?

Many possibilities: The risks include bleeding, scarring behind the ear or in the canal, perforation (hole) in eardrum, taste disturbances, dizziness, facial nerve injury, cerebrospinal fluid leak, meningitis, injury to sigmoid sinus (large vessel that drains brain), persistent hearing loss, and others. After all that said, a good ENT surgeon can take care of this with remarkable safety and good results.

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Is tonsillectomy required before mastoidectomy?

Is tonsillectomy required before mastoidectomy?

Absolutely not: These are two separate problems and are not related. Mastoidectomy today is usually performed for CHRONIC ear infection. This is not related to tonsillitis. Tonsillectomy is indicated for 3 reasons. 1.) Recurrent acute tonsillitis at least 3-4 times a year, 2.) Obstruction of upper airway leading to a sleep disorder secondary to enlarged tonsils. and 3.) Fetid odor due to retained food.

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Is cellulitis common with mastoidectomy surgery?

Is cellulitis common with mastoidectomy surgery?

Peculiar question: Wonder why you are asking? If you have had surgery, you may want to discuss any concerns with your surgeon.

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What to do if I have tympanoplasty and mastoidectomy?

Complicated.: Need very detailed postop instructions. Your ENT surgeon should provide very detailed written postop instructions.

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I had a mastoidectomy operation six months ago. Can this cause a need for a cholesteatoma operation?

I had a mastoidectomy operation six months ago. Can this cause a need for a cholesteatoma operation?

Unlikely: Mastoidectomies are one of the surgical procedures to rid one of a cholesteatoma and they certainly don't cause them. Cholesteatomas have a reputation for being hard to eradicate, so most likely the operation simply failed to get it all out. See your ENT surgeon.

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Who are considered the best otologists to perform a mastoidectomy?

Who are considered the best otologists to perform a mastoidectomy?

Any: Ent doctors who have special training in the ear are called otologists. Some older ENT doctors who trained before specialty boards concentrated their practices on the ear and have a huge experience in performing mastoidectomies. The key for you is to find a doctor who does a lot of ear surgery. The more procedures he or she does the better they are at it generally.

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Can you please explain why a mastoidectomy is an elective surgery?

Elective surgery: Elective surgery means that the surgery can be scheduled at the convenience of the patient. The other kinds of surgery are emergent--gotta get it done right now; urgent--must be done soon, but not right this second; and elective--can be scheduled. Mastoidectomy is typically not done in emergent or urgent circumstances. It needs to be done, but if you wait a week or two or more, it's okay.

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My 6yo is having a mastoidectomy, can anyone tell me what to expect?

My 6yo is having a mastoidectomy, can anyone tell me what to expect?

Consult w/ your ENT: There are different types of mastoidectomy procedures depending on your situation; some types may result in a degree of hearing loss. Complications are less common; healing depends on the type of performed, your level of infection, and your physiology (how well you heal/recover). Alternatives include medication or delay of treatment. I recommend a thorough discussion with your surgeon & referring doctor.

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I am due to have a mastoidectomy operation. How serious is this operation?

I am due to have a mastoidectomy operation. How serious is this operation?

It depends...: There are different types of mastoidectomy procedures depending on your situation; some may result in a degree of hearing loss. Complications are uncommon & healing depend on the type of performed, your level of infection, and your physiology (how well you heal/recover). Alternatives are medication or delay of treatment. Have a thorough discussion with your surgeon & referring doctor.

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Can the mastoid bone grow back after mastoidectomy?

Can the mastoid bone grow back after mastoidectomy?

No: Once the bone is removed it smooths over but does not grow back as the mastiod process.

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I was wondering does the mastoid bone grow back after mastoidectomy?

I was wondering does the mastoid bone grow back after mastoidectomy?

Mastoid regrowth: By definition, mastoidectomy is the REMOVAL of much or all of the mastoid bone and the mastoid air cells. The mastoid bone is the insertion of the sternocleidomastoid muscle, seen when turning the head from side to side as the linear muscle mass that defines the lines of the front of the neck. After removal of the mastoid bone, it will not "grow" back in its original form. It will remain absent.

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Is it normal to have intense pain 4 days after tympanoplasty-mastoidectomy?

Is it normal to have intense pain 4 days after tympanoplasty-mastoidectomy?

No, but: It depends on what the surgeon had to do during the procedure (how much soft tissue work). It's best to let you surgeon know, but usually the pain gets better as the days go on.

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I had my mastoidectomy and now I am having facial paralysis. Does gym workouts helps me with my nerve paralysis?

I had my mastoidectomy and now I am having facial paralysis. Does gym workouts helps me with my nerve paralysis?

No: Check with your ENT surgeon / neurologist for management of your case, facial nerve palsy /paralysis won't be helped by gym workouts, although it is good for your general health, wish you well

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How long after being diagnosed with severe mastoiditus, should the mastoidectomy take place?

How long after being diagnosed with severe mastoiditus, should the mastoidectomy take place?

This should be: Followed by your ENT person.-if you have had adequate treatment this physician should be making the decision, or if necessary get another conult.

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I had a mastoidectomy and now where a drain tube was is a large nodule. ?

I had a mastoidectomy and now where a drain tube was is a large nodule. ?

ENT Dr. Can re-check: A person who had a drainage tube after surgery, and now with the tube gone, has a lump at the hole where the drainage tube had come through, might have some scar tissue forming at that site, some material trying to get out (but stuck inside the skin because the drainage tube is gone, and the skin sealed up), or some other problem. A return visit to the ENT surgeon can figure out the problem.

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Had mastoidectomy on Monday is swelling normal? Drainage is pretty much clear. I'm on antibiotics.

Had mastoidectomy on Monday is swelling normal? Drainage is pretty much clear. I'm on antibiotics.

Swelling: Assuming the swelling is in the area of your surgery… Yes some swelling is to be expected after surgery. You should have a follow up appointment (post op) with your surgeon. He/she would be happy to answer your questions and would like to know your progress or if you have any questions, they know your case and situation the best and should be informed. Do not be afraid to call your surgeon.

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After three antibiotics, My mastoiditis keeps coming back. Does that mean I need a mastoidectomy?

Maybe: Possibly yes, but it depends on which antibiotics you have had and for how long, and probably on sophisticated imaging such as CT or MRI. Ask your doctor; or maybe it's time for referral to an ENT specialist if that hasn't been done.

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