Myringoplasty is a procedure carried out under general anaesthetic
What is a myringoplasty?
A myringoplasty is an operation to repair a hole in your eardrum. The hole may have been caused by an infection in your middle ear that burst through your eardrum, or by some form of trauma. Often perforated eardrums do not cause any problems, but repeated ear infections and poor hearing can occur.
Who does the operation?
Mr Darren Pinder is our Consultant Surgeon who carries out these procedures. They take place under general anaesthetic and the operation takes about 90 minutes. Usually patients are discharged from hospital on the day of the surgery.
Before the Operation
You can help to ensure success of your operation and avoid complications by following a few simple steps. Stop smoking (if you do) at least 4 weeks prior to the procedure. Maintain a healthy weight and taking regular exercise.
Before the operation you will need to have an up to date hearing test (audiogram).
Your surgeon will use a graft (piece of tissue) to cover the hole. This is usually the covering layer of a muscle above your ear. The graft will be placed through a cut made either in front of or behind your ear or inside your ear canal. Your eardrum will be lifted, the graft placed underneath it and supported with a dissolving sponge. A dressing may be placed in your ear canal, and a bandage may be used around the ear.
After the operation
For the first 24 hours after a general anaesthetic, you should not drive, sign any legal documents, operate machinery or do any potentially dangerous activities (including cooking). Alcohol should also be avoided for 24 hours. After the procedure you may be in some pain and the health team will give you pain medication to help control this. If the ear is bandaged, this is usually removed the day after the surgery.
You will need 1-2 weeks off school / work after this procedure. The ear should be kept dry until your surgeon has checked that the graft has fully healed. This usually takes about 6 weeks but can take longer. Vigorous exercise should be avoided until after the first post-op check.
Is a follow up appointment required?
A follow-up appointment is typically arranged a fortnight after the operation.