Tympanoplasty

Tympanoplasty

The term tympanoplasty is a generic term that refers to any type of reconstructive procedure of the middle ear. Most tympanoplasties involve repair of the eardrum and/or repair of the middle ear hearing bones hammer, anvil, stirrup. In some cases, a mastoidectomy procedure is combined with a tympanoplasty to eradicate a chronic infectious process such as a cholesteatoma. Most tympanoplasties are outpatient procedures with optional overnight stay in our observation unit. The surgical times vary from about 20 minutes to 2 hours depending on the extent of the disease process and the technique for the repair. With hearing bones affected, a so called ossiculoplasty is performed with the intention to restore the continuity of the chain of hearing bones ossicles.

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