What is Mastoid/Tympanomastoid Surgery?
The mastoid bone lies behind the ear and is usually made up of many open air cells. Infection of the middle ear may lead to infection of the mastoid (called mastoiditis) and these air cells fill up with pus. Left untreated, bone can even be destroyed and the infection could extend to other important areas of the head such as the brain. If treatment with antibiotics does not clear up the infection, surgery may be needed. Another, and more common, reason for mastoid surgery is in the case of a chronic draining ear or when a benign tumor called a cholesteatoma exists.
Exactly how the surgery will be done will depend on which problem you have. Simple mastoid surgery for mastoiditis usually involves an incision directly onto the mastoid bone from behind the ear. Tympanomastoid surgery is needed for the chronic draining ear or in the case of a cholesteatoma. This surgery involves the middle ear space as well as the mastoid and usually the incision may be through the tympanic membrane (eardrum) or behind the ear.
What will happen the day of the surgery?
You will arrive at the hospital and the staff will help get you ready for the surgery. After the surgery is over, you will be taken to the recovery room for about an hour, until you are awake from the anesthesia. Then you will be taken to your room for a couple of more hours until the nurses think you are ready to go home.
How do I take care of myself after the surgery?
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