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Swimming After Tympanoplasty
Depends: Success rate for tympanoplasty depends on size of perforation (ear drum hole), age at repair (for children), type of procedure used, and type of graft used. The success rate for closing a medium sized hole with a formal tympanoplasty technique with temporalis fascia graft is about 85 to 90%. ...Read more
Complicated.: Need very detailed postop instructions. Your ENT surgeon should provide very detailed written postop instructions. ...Read more
Similar: A myringoplasty is usually less work than a tympanoplasty. Both fix the ear drum. ...Read more
Ear surgery: The difference is limited. A myringoplasty involves a surgery to just the tympanic membrane or ear drum. A tympanoplasty involves examining and inspecting the middle ear bones and fixing the hole in the ear drum. Surgically, a tympanoplasty is technically more difficult because you have to raise up the ear drum from its natural position. With a myringoplasty, you just fix the hole in the drum. ...Read more
Hidden scars: Depending on the size and location of the ear perforation, the procedure may be performed through the ear canal or with a post-auricular incision. If done through the canal, no one except a doctor will be able to see any incisions (looking at the ear drum). The post auricular incision is hidden in the crease behind the ear, so it is all but invisible. Don't worry about scars from tympanoplasty. ...Read more
Please advise if it's okay to get double pierce earrings after 2 months recovery of tympanoplasty?
Should be okay: I suspect that it should be okay but why not ask your ear surgeon for the answer. ...Read more
Everyone's different: On average most children in whom no complications arise either during or after surgery can be back in school and even normal activities within 1-3 days after tympanoplasty. Generally, they go home the same day unless there are complications such as nausea and vomiting then, an overnight stay may occur but this is infrequent. Write more questions at: www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi ...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
How long is recovery for tympanoplasty surgery? How long does child need to stay home from school?
TYMPANOPLASTY: Post op does not take a long time. Maybe 1-2 weeks? Pls ask ent. Tube remains longer. ...Read more
Child had a tympanoplasty 16 months ago and the patch feel off Should tympanoplasty be repeated or is there a more effective surgery?
Defined by doc: This is something best answered by those with the advantage of knowing all the history & doing an exam. When a TM rupture does not seal up on its own, placing an artificial patch to create a surface where the membrane can have support while it seals or using a tissue graft are common options. ...Read more
I am a steelworker doing heavy manual labour and it's a very hot and dirty environment can I return to work after combined approach tympanoplasty.
Ear: Generally you can but you should speak to your surgeon to get clearance. ...Read more
Ear: Not much info. If you have a hole in your eardrum that has been checked out by an ENT, then you have the option of repairing it in surgery. The pro of fixing it is that you won't have to keep it dry and can swim. It may help your hearing as well. The con of course is surgery but in the hands of a good otolgic surgeon there is a good chance of success ...Read more
Depends: If the ear drum perforation is small, an option is observation. The other is a tympanoplasty with a ventilation tube because you may need the flow of air through your ear drum. Finally, possibly having it performed by an otologist/neurotologist whose specialty is just the ear. ...Read more
If a graft failed after tympanoplasty what would' be the next step and how long before the operation.
Following combined approach tympanoplasty 2 months ago now when I pop my ears as instructed I hear a squeaky noise?
Follow up with ENT: A follow up with ENT will be helpful. ...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 4 yo had a tympanoplasty 3 weeks ago. Today he was standing next to a non moving car that honked right next to him. Could that damage the grafts?
Ear surgery: No it will have no effect.Get a more detailed answer ›
Longtime deafness, history otorrhea, underwent right tympanoplasty 10yrs back complete loss of hearing in left side, Hearing defect in right side, Rx?
See your ENT: It's not clear whether you are describing a change in your current hearing, or looking for ways to improve your hearing. In either case, an ENT specialist would need to examine you, discuss your current hearing patterns, and then work out a plan of care with you. Please make an appointment and see what can be done. ...Read more
I had a tympanoplasty 2 days ago. Now I have popping when I swallow or talk. Is that the patch blowing on and off? Or is the popping normal?
Tympanoplasty: It is normal to have popping another sounds in your year after the surgery. Typically, there is some fluid in the middle ear from the surgery and packing material to help stabilize the graft. Sounds are amplified and you will often hear yourself swallowing. Sometimes you will hear ringing. ...Read more
Hole in ear drum:
I have burst my right ear drum about 5 or 6 times while flying in a plane at 25-30000 feet. Not fun!
That said, the only treatment for my burst drum is using hearing aids.
It has made a major positive difference to my life.
Check with your doctor to see if you really need tymanoplasty. ...Read more
Is there a more effective surgery than a tympanoplasty in repairing a hole in a child's ear drum? Had surgery a year later patch came off
Ear surgery: May need to ask your ENT what other options you have at this point. ...Read more
19 days ago I had combined approach tympanoplasty to remove cholesteatoma and graft and repair my left ear, I am still getting ringing and buzzing.
I had tympanoplasty surgery 2 months ago. The incision behind my ear is all of a sudden in quite a bit of pain? What do I do? Is it something to worry
Tympanoplasty: Check in with your surgeon to have the wound checked ...Read more
ENT please! I recently got a Tympanoplasty (3 days ago) and today water entered my ear in the shower...will everything be okay? Thank you
Can't tell: Likely if the quantity was small and not under pressure should be ok, but it happens and I would tell your surgeon and see him/her when they say as your follow up ...Read more
Tympanoplasty 6 days ago, used trimmer today to shave. Could vibrations from trimmer affect my ear drum and graft? Note this my 3rd surgery over 8yr
Very unlikely: It is very unlikely that the vibrations from an electric shaver. I wouldn't worry. ...Read more
I have tympanoplasty and mastoidectomy for CSOM and large perforation in my eardrum right ear. I am 16 years. My eardrum healed. But I could not hear?
Middle ear bones: Most probable the bones of the middle ear, responsible for one link of the hearing link are damaged or absence due to the pathology that required surgery. Consult with the E.N.T. Dr. That operated on you. Certainly you need further studies such as audiogram, X-Ray, etc. Before your hearing could be restored (Inner ear-coclear implant)? ...Read more
I had tympanoplasty (trans canal) to my left ear 6 months ago and have had clogged ears for the past 4 days - the clogging clears up if I pop my ears. What might be causing these symptoms?
Get it checked: It is possible that the pe tube (pressure equalisation) has become dislodged or clogged. The pe tube basically functions as an artificial eustachian tube to equalise pressures between the middle ear and the environment. If you can 'pop' your ears (forcing the eustachian tube open) it suggests that the pe tube may not be working correctly right now. ...Read more
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