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Reconstructive Eardrum Surgery
Is a eardrum surgery really painful? I have a hole in my eardrum and I have a surgery soon and I am scared because I don't want to be in a lot of pain?
Tympanoplasty: Not normally a painful operation. If the procedure is done through the ear canal, there is much less pain. There can be some pain, swelling, and discomfort, if it is done via an incision behind the ear or a post-auricular approach. Overall, most people are not on a lot of pain post-op. ...Read more
I have a perforated eardrum about 1/4 inch in diameter. Will I need to have surgery or will it heal on its own? Generally, when is surgery required?
Probably need Surg.: Dr. John House is regarded as a National expert in LA, CA. ...Read more
Hi Doctors can someone after eardrum patch surgery travel on airplane? Or how many days after operation? Thanks
Ear patch: Do not pop ear, patch will be blown off. Minimum of 3-4 weeks. Better to wait three months. ...Read more
One failed tympanic surgery, appeared to be cholestoma cell, suction, no pathology. 5 months later complete eardrum replaced. Bone damaged. Related?
ENT: Consultation and evaluation, perhaps a second ENT opinion. Impossible to answer without further evaluation. ...Read more
Hi doctors. ... I have holes in my eardrums and I will do surgery soon but now from two days until now I feel the right ear is blocked and I can't hea?
Tm perfs: Your should have your ENT look at the ear to be sure it is wax and not draining. If the ear is infected it will postpone the surgery for a month or too. The ears can not be operated on if they are infected. Furthermore, the ear surgeries should be staged if the plan is to rebuild the eardrums. This means that the worst side should be operated on first, and after 4 to 6 weeks the other is done. ...Read more
I have a hole in my eardrum from years of tubes. I have hearing loss and a constant blocked feeling. Would a hearing aid help? Don't want surgery.
Check with ENT, MD: You need a complete ENT evaluation including hearing test to find the cause of hearing loss and follow his/her recommendations. Tubes in the ears for serous otitis media can leave a scar but do not cause hearing loss and you may have blocked eustacian tube or collection of fluid behind the ear drum or ear wax causing your hearing loss and hearing aid may not be of help. ...Read more
Saw ENT son11 has Cholesteatoma &complete loss of bone no eardrum left. What kind of surgery will be needed? Will hearing recover 100%.
Cholesteatoma: First goal of surgery is to make the ear safe. Surgery would most likely be tympanomastoidectomy as first stage to clean disease and get stable eardrum. Second stage would be ossicular reconstruction if needed or to just to have a look to rule recurrent disease. Radical mastoidectomy if beyond reasonable chance of safe, useful repair. Hearing will be compromised regardless. Bone conduction hearing aid ...Read more
Can one have equilibrium issues (balance, lightheaded)from a perforated eardrum? Ear feels constantly blocked. Not candidate for surgery to repair it.
Yes: More importantly, one has increased risk for severe inner ear infection affecting the balance apparatus within the ear. Fluid build up within an ear (infectious or not) can cause some disequilibrium, but this pressure would be released if the drum is open; thus infection may be more likely. Continue to keep your physician informed of any symptoms. ...Read more
Do I need middle ear surgery? About a year ago I caught a cold that developed into bronchitis. During this time, I had a build-up of fluid behind my right eardrum. Even after I recovered from the bronchitis, I still felt something behind my eardrum and it
If: If you are cleaning blood out of your ear, it is likely to be from the external auditory canal (unless you had a perforated eart drum). I hope that you are not putting objects in your ear canal. This could lead to infection and/ or injury. You could have intermittent fluid buildup in your middle ear which could be impacting your hearing. If you are strongly concerned that your doctor is incorrect, you could request a consult to see an otolaryngologist. Take care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Eardrum hole that is nearly 1/3 of the entire eardrum touching ear canal wall. Min hearing loss/no pain. Will it repair itself or surgery?
Ear drum hole: Most perforations will heal in around 6 weeks. If not then surgery is your only option to fix it. ...Read more
Blocked eustachians for a month after sinus surgery. No pain but won't clear ever. I fly for a living. Ent says eardrum healthy. On prednisone. Help?!
About 11 years ago I was hit by a car and lost 80% of my eardrum. The doctor then, under surgery gave me a prosthetic eardrum. I am aware when one gets a prosthetic ligament they need to get it re sized. Does the same thing happen to an eardrum? My ear ha
Mastoidectomy (sp)in06.Relief to years of painful/chronic ear pain, multiple surgeries, adenoids, tonsils etc. Puss behind eardrum now. Could need surgery?
ENT/workup: The infected material can be drained and a tube placed by your ENT surgeon. Since you have had so many ear and sinus infections, an evaluation for ciliary (small hairs that help prevent infection by removing debris) defects can be performed by the ENT surgeon. In addition, if you have had recurrent pneumonias, a CF sweat test can be performed to rule out CF. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had jaw surgery july 5 2013 & dr burst my eardrum. Still ear ache and leaking clear fluid the entire time. I have 50% hearing returned so far?
Should heel days: Most of the time, a ruptured eardrum heals by itself, within hours or days. You should see your doctor about 2 weeks after your first visit so he or she can check if your eardrum has healed. If it has not, you will need to see an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist. He or she might do surgery to put a tiny paper patch on your eardrum to help seal the hole. ...Read more
I got an ear infection 2 weeks ago and ruptured my eardrum. Went back to the family doctor yesterday and he said there's still a hole covering about 1/3 of eardrum. He referred me to an ENT doctor. Will I need to have surgery? I'm concerned.
Not likely to need..: Most often, ruptured ear drums grow back on their own. One is not likely to need surgery (though there is a small chance for surgical repair if the rupture does not fully resolve). However, since one is seeing ENT Specialist, one can rest assured that he/she will do his/her best to preserve one's hearing function. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Have a chronic sore throat which hurts more when swallowing, and pain in my ears when swallowing. Also recurrent problems with fluid behind my eardrums, large tonsils and adenoids. Get surgery?
Allergies?: You should be evaluated first by a physician to see if that's what you really need. It is possible the symptoms you are having could be caused by allergies. Of course you need a good exam and maybe surgery is the answer but I like to try the medical route before I take a patient to surgery. ...Read more
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