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Home > Medical Services > Ear, Nose & Throat > Ear Care > Ear Disorders > Earaches, Ear Infections, Ear Pain, Ear Drainage, Swimmers Ear > Tympanomastoidectomy
This outpatient procedure is most commonly used to remove a cholesteatoma growth or for patients with a history of recurrent ear infections, including ear drainage (otorrhea), which are not effectively managed with antibiotics or other forms of intervention.
The procedure involves removing a portion of the mastoid bone in the ear and repairing a perforation on the eardrum. Depending on the extent of damage to the tissue, some portions of the ear canal or hearing bones may be removed, while maintaining as much structural integrity as possible.
Re-examination six months to a year afterward is done to ensure no skin cells have regrown and, if necessary, repair the damaged middle ear bones or replace them with titanium prosthetics.