Information on Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeries
Eardrum & Middle Ear Surgery - Tympanoplasty
Care after Eardrum and Ear Bone Repair (Tympanoplasty & Ossiculoplasty)   
        
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Tympanoplasty & Ossiculoplasty (Eardrum and Middle Ear Bone Repair)

Most patients leave the hospital the same day.  Packing is in the ear canal which is removed on the third or fourth day.  Stitches, if any are present, are removed 7 to 10 days.  Antibiotic ointment should be placed on the skin wound three times a day for 7 to 10 days.  Care should be taken not to get water in the ear for at least 4 weeks.  No flying or subjecting the ear to pressure changes for 6 weeks.  Do not blow your nose and if you sneeze, sneeze with your mouth open.   I usually suggest wearing a head band to hold the external ear by the head, helping it to heal in the proper position.  It is very important not to have the headband too tight.  The head band is for tissue support, comfort and to catch drainage.  It is not a pressure dressing.  A hearing test is usually obtained 3 to 6 weeks after the surgery.

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