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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Myringoplasty is surgery to fix a hole in your eardrum. A graft is used to cover the hole. The graft may be a piece of fascia (hard tissue that covers muscles), skin, fat, or cartilage from another area of your body. The graft may be artificial, from a donor, or from an animal. Myringoplasty is done to help prevent middle ear infections and improve your hearing.
- Antibiotics: These fight or prevent an ear infection caused by bacteria. They may be given as pills or eardrops.
- Antihistamines: These help prevent symptoms of allergies, such as sneezing or itching.
- Steroids: These decrease pain and swelling.
- Pain medicine: You may be given a prescription medicine to decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take this medicine.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your primary healthcare provider or otolaryngologist as directed:
You may need to return to have your ear checked. Do not remove your bandage. Your primary healthcare provider will remove the bandage inside your ear 3 to 4 weeks after your surgery. You may also need to have regular visits to check your hearing. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Do not blow your nose or let water get into your ear. This will help keep the graft secure and help prevent ear infections.
Contact your primary healthcare provider or otolaryngologist if:
- You have a fever.
- You have nausea or vomiting.
- Your stitches come apart.
- Your surgery site is swollen, red, or has pus coming from it.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- Blood soaks through your bandage.
- You have a headache that does not go away even after you take pain medicine.
- You have hearing loss that is worse than before your surgery, or you cannot hear anything.
- You have pain in your inner ear or behind your ear.
- You have trouble making the muscles in your face move.
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