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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Tympanoplasty is surgery to fix a torn eardrum. Your eardrum is a tissue found in the middle part of your ear. Your eardrum divides your outer ear canal from your inner ear.
- Medicines can help decrease pain, swelling, and dizziness. You may need medicine to prevent infection.
- 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.
Care for your wound as directed. Do not get water in your ear. Cover it when you bathe. Do not blow your nose. If you have to sneeze, keep your mouth open to decrease pressure in your ear. This will help prevent infection and keep the graft secure.
Do not smoke:
If you smoke, it is never too late to quit. Smoking can cause your graft to fail and slow your healing time. Ask your healthcare provider for information if you need help quitting.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
You will need to return to have your ear checked or your bandage removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever or chills.
- Your ear is red, swollen, or draining pus.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- Blood soaks through your bandage.
- You cannot hear.
- You have severe pain.
- You have trouble moving the muscles in your face.
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