Tympanoplasty (Ear Drum Repair)
Tympanoplasties and Mastoidectomies are often performed as a result of ear infections in young children. A tympanoplasty repairs a hole, or perforation, in a child’s eardrum. The hole may be the result of a bad ear infection, the use of tubes to prevent ear infections, or the result of something like a Qtip being jammed into the ear too forcefully. A mastoidectomy is performed to remove tissue from the bone behind the ear. This bone contains air cells that make it look somewhat like a honeycomb. Occasionally, an ear infection can spread to these cells, and a mastoidectomy would be performed to remove the diseased cells. While both procedures are more commonly performed on children, adults may occasionally need a tympanoplasty or mastoidectomy.