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Swimming After A Canal Wall Down Mastoidectomy
Had mastoidectomy and canal wall down on 10/22. Have green drainage. On cipro (ciprofloxacin) for a week. Pain at incision sites. Possibly be mrsa? Whole body aches
Need to call ENT: You need to get in touch with the surgeon who did your operation as soon as possible. This is not a normal complication and needs to be addressed. ...Read more
Resolved painful swelling of outer ear canal (from swimming) w drops, oral antibi & steroids, still have fluid in middle ear. Can decongestants help?
Slowly: Decongestants are appropriate, alone or with new generation antihistamines. However, nothing helps dramatically and it can take some time to fully recover. Smoking is a direct negative factor by irritating the throat opening of eustachian tube. Increased fluids are also appropriate. There are adults, very infrequently, with tubes when problem persists with nothing helping. ...Read more
Please re-ask: & tell exactly what your question is. Thanks. ...Read more
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
Complicated.: Need very detailed postop instructions. Your ENT surgeon should provide very detailed written postop instructions. ...Read more
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
I had a mastoidectomy operation six months ago. Can this cause a need for a cholesteatoma operation?
See surgeon: May be within normal limits. May be post-op infection. See your ENT surgeon ASAP. ...Read more
Leaking ear: See your ear surgeon... It may be expected but it needs to be checked to make sure that it's not spinal fluid or a more serious issue. ...Read more
See below: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more
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
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
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
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. ...Read more
No: Once the bone is removed it smooths over but does not grow back as the mastiod process. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
I had my mastoidectomy and now I am having facial paralysis. Does gym workouts helps me with my nerve paralysis?
Several reasons: I presume that the surgeon also performed middle ear surgery. If so the graft may not yet have healed. If the mastoidectomy communicates with the outer ear (modified radical mastoidectomy), the mastoid area is not yet healed or epithelialized. Your surgeon is obviously the doctor to consult because we do not know exactly what the pathology was nor the technique used. ...Read more
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
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Mastoidectomy/tympanoplasty done 2wks ago f/u great no infec but tonight side of head and cheek hurt like been punched normal?
Pain and ear surge: Call your ear surgeon... It's easy to make sure. ...Read more
My daughter recently had a mastoidectomy should I be concerned that such a bad infection was caused by being around black mold and not knowing it.
No insurance supposed to get another mastoidectomy but in my l ear cuz it drains const. But I'm getting blood when it drains what can I do at home?
Mastoiditis: You have a serious infection and you should follow the doctors advice and go through mastoidectomy and you will need antibiotics, don't ignore and see your ENT specialist and don't play around with it. ...Read more