What is Myringoplasty?

Myringoplasty is a surgical procedure used to repair a hole in the ear drum (tympanic membrane). It is typically done to treat a perforated eardrum due to infection, barotraumas, or trauma. The main goal of the procedure is to restore the patient’s hearing and to prevent further infection.

What are the Benefits of Myringoplasty?

Myringoplasty can help to restore hearing due to a perforated eardrum. Other long-term benefits of the procedure include:

  • Reduced risk of further infections
  • Prevention of middle ear infections
  • Preservation of hearing
  • Reduced risk of hearing loss

What is the Procedure for Myringoplasty?

The goal of the myringoplasty is to repair the eardrum and close the hole. The surgeon may use tissue from the patient's body or from donated tissue. The specifics of the procedure will depend on the size and location of the defect, but the surgery is typically done with local anesthetic and takes one to two hours. After the surgery is complete, a small patch of fat, skin, or mucous membrane is placed over the ear to help the healing process. The patient will need to follow up with their doctor for post-operative care.

Risks and Complications of Myringoplasty

As with any surgery, there are risks and potential complications associated with myringoplasty. Some of the risks may include infection, scarring, increased pain, persistent or recurring perforation, persistent or recurrent hearing loss, and temporary or permanent hearing loss. It is important to discuss these risks with your doctor before undergoing the surgery.