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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.

Ear Anatomy


Call your ear doctor or surgeon if:

  • Blood soaks through your bandage.
  • You cannot hear.
  • You have severe pain.
  • You have trouble moving the muscles in your face.
  • You have a fever or chills.
  • Your ear is red, swollen, or draining pus.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.


  • Medicines may be given to decrease pain, swelling, and dizziness. You may need medicine to prevent an infection caused by bacteria.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her 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.


  • 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.
  • Care for the surgery area as directed. Do not get water in your ear. Cover it when you bathe.
  • Follow your surgeon's directions for activity. He or she will tell you when it is okay to drive and do your regular daily activities again. He or she will tell you when you can go back to work or school.

Do not smoke:

Nicotine and other chemicals in cigarettes and cigars can cause your graft to fail and slow heal. Ask your healthcare provider for information if you currently smoke and need help to quit. E-cigarettes or smokeless tobacco still contain nicotine. Talk to your healthcare provider before you use these products.

Follow up with your ear doctor or surgeon 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.

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