Recurring ear infections or trauma may cause damage to the eardrum or middle ear bones that can't be corrected with medications. Damage to the eardrum or middle ear bones can result in hearing loss and an increased risk of ear infections.
Ear surgery is a minimally invasive procedure performed to repair a hole or tear in the eardrum or the tympanic membrane. It can also be used to repair or replace the three tiny bones behind the eardrum.
Our ENT doctor or surgeon will assess your medical history, including prior injuries and infections. They will also perform a physical exam and use an otoscope to look inside the ear. Depending on the damage, they might also order additional tests, which are:
Auditory Testing: To evaluate the patients' hearing in each ear by using sounds of varying volume and frequency.
CT scan or MRI: To create images of the ears and surrounding structures and determine the extent of the damage.
Our surgeon performs this surgery if the hole or tear in your eardrum is small and contained. They will repair the hole with gel or a paper-like tissue. It's a minimally invasive procedure and takes 15 to 30 minutes.
It's performed to repair a large hole or a chronic ear infection that cannot be cured with antibiotics. It can be either performed through the ear canal or a small incision behind the ear.
Our doctors will use a laser to remove any excess tissue or scar tissue in the middle ear. They will also take a small tissue from a vein or muscle sheath to close the hole.