What is Tympanoplasty and How Does it Fix Eardrum Perforation?

Closeup up side profile sick female having ear pain touching her painful headHave you ever experienced a punctured or perforated eardrum? It can be an incredibly painful condition that can impact your hearing and balance. Dr. Daneshrad uses a procedure called tympanoplasty to help repair the damage and restore hearing. But what exactly happens during this surgery?

What Is Eardrum Perforation?

An eardrum perforation is a hole in the tympanic membrane, which separates the middle ear from the outer ear. It is also called a ruptured eardrum. The most common symptom is a loss of hearing, as well as pain, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), or discharge. Exposure to loud noises, ear infections, and trauma to the head or ear are all common causes of the condition.

While some cases of eardrum perforation can heal independently in time, surgical repair is sometimes needed. Tympanoplasty is one of several different surgical procedures that can be used to repair the damage. If you suspect that you have a perforated eardrum, it is essential to see an ENT doctor as soon as possible.

What Happens During a Tympanoplasty?

A tympanoplasty helps restore the function of the eardrum and middle ear bones, as well as improve hearing. First, Dr. Daneshrad makes a small incision behind the ear or inside the ear canal. This opening allows him to clean out any dead or infected tissue from the site. Then, Dr. Daneshrad will use a small piece of tissue from another part of the body to repair the hole.

Tympanoplasty is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning patients can return home later the same day. The procedure can take two to three hours in total. Recovery includes several days of rest with no strenuous activity. Most patients fully recover within four to six weeks of the procedure.

Is Tympanoplasty Right For You?

A tympanoplasty is a safe and effective surgery to repair a perforated eardrum. During your consultation, Dr. Daneshrad will carefully review your case and symptoms, along with a thorough exam. Call 310-453-6500 or visit www.drdaneshrad.com to schedule an appointment with Dr. Daneshard today at our offices in Torrance or Santa Monica, CA.

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