What is Myringoplasty?
Myringoplasty is a surgical procedure performed by an ENT Surgeon that repairs a ruptured ear drum. A ruptured ear drum can often be caused by a rapid change in ear pressure, such as diving or flying. It can also happen after exposure to a very loud noise which leaves a hole in the ear tissue. Myringoplasty is performed under general anaesthetic as a daycase.
What are the symptoms of a ruptured ear drum?
- Hearing loss or hearing impairment
- Ear pain or itching in the ear
- Discharge or blood leaking from the ear
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
- High temperature.
What are the benefits of Myringoplasty?
Repairing the hole in the eardrum can prevent water from entering the middle ear. Patients will suffer fewer ear infections, and it can improve hearing in some patients.
How is a Myringoplasty performed?
The surgeon uses a tissue graft or synthetic material to close the hole in the eardrum. This can be used to repair a ruptured eardrum or correct a defect in the eardrum.
How long is the recovery?
Recovery from myringoplasty takes 10 to 14 days, depending on the extent of surgery performed. During recovery, patients usually have difficulty in hearing, which can last for several days or weeks.