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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Press
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A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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