Myringoplasty for perforated eardrum

Myringoplasty is a surgical operation to repair a perforation (hole or tear) in your eardrum. It's usually caused by an infection in your middle ear, but can also be the result of trauma. In many cases your eardrum will repair itself within a few weeks, but if you're still experiencing problems after this time, our experienced ENT Consultants may recommend a myringoplasty.

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I have a question about myringoplasty

What is myringoplasty?

Myringoplasty is an operation to repair a perforated (or burst) eardrum. It's performed by taking a graft from the soft tissue of your ear and using this to patch the hole and repair the perforation.

Why would I have a myringoplasty operation?

Myringoplasty is performed for three main reasons:

  • It 'waterproofs' the ear allowing you to get it wet when bathing and swimming
  • It protects the middle ear and prevents recurrent ear infections
  • It improves the conductive mechanism of the ear and, as a result, can improve your hearing
What happens during a myringoplasty procedure?

Myringoplasty is usually carried out under a general anaesthetic, which means you’ll be asleep during the procedure.

During the eardrum operation your Consultant will be using very small, precision instruments while looking at the area through a microscope.

The surgery involves taking a small tissue graft from your ear or from under the skin near your ear, which is used to close the hole in your eardrum. The graft is inserted through the ear canal or through a cut made behind your ear.  A myringoplasty operation is also known as a type 1 tympanoplasty.

Your eardrum will be lifted and the graft placed underneath it, with some dissolving material placed in the middle ear to hold the graft in place while it heals. A pack will be placed in the ear canal, which will remain there for two weeks to protect and support the graft while the ear heals. This pack will be removed in clinic after two weeks.

What should I expect after myringoplasty?

If you've had a general anaesthetic, you won't be able to drive for 24 hours after your surgery. There may be some pain after the anaesthetic wears off, but we'll give you some painkillers to relieve the discomfort. Before you go home, we'll discuss all aftercare requirements and follow-up appointments with you.

You'll need a week off work after your operation and will need to keep your ear dry while it's healing.

How much does myringoplasty cost?

The cost of myringoplasty is listed in the ENT section of our treatment prices page. To book an appointment, complete our online booking form or call our Private Patient team on 01580 363158.

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