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Eardrum Surgery (Tympanoplasty) for Children


What is pediatric eardrum surgery (tympanoplasty)?

Tympanoplasty is a surgical procedure that reconstructs a perforated (torn) eardrum or the bones that make up the middle ear. Proper function of both of these parts of the ear is necessary for your child’s hearing. Eardrum perforation is generally the result of chronic ear infection, but on occasions can occur due to trauma to the eardrum, and can affect adults as well as children.

Why is pediatric tympanoplasty performed?

Pediatric tympanoplasty is performed to help restore hearing and repair damage from recurring ear infections or other conditions that have caused eardrum perforation. Symptoms that may warrant a tympanoplasty include:

What does pediatric tympanoplasty involve?

Tympanoplasty surgery is usually performed with the child under general anesthesia in a hospital setting. A small incision is made behind the ear, through which your doctor can see the inside of the ear. The irregular or damaged eardrum is carefully cleaned and repaired, using a small amount of tissue from the child’s own ear, to create an intact new eardrum. The tympanoplasty procedure generally requires an overnight hospital stay and is discharged the next day. Activity after the surgery should be limited to ensure adequate healing. Speak with your New York ENT physician about what the procedure will look like for you and your child.

What are the benefits of having a tympanoplasty?

The benefits of your undergoing tympanoplasty surgery include:

  • Can help restore normal hearing
  • High success rate
  • Uses the child’s own, natural tissue to repair eardrum

If you believe your child may benefit from pediatric tympanoplasty, the first step is to schedule an evaluation with an experienced ear, nose and throat doctor. Board certified physicians with New York ENT have extensive experience with ear and hearing treatment. Fill out the form on this page or call our office at (212) 873-6168 to schedule an appointment today.

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