Myringoplasty

Myringoplasty is a surgical operation to repair a perforation (hole or tear) in the eardrum.

Repairing a perforated eardrum will help prevent the middle ear becoming infected and may improve hearing.

Common questions

Why would I have myringoplasty?

You may be recommended to have myringoplasty if you have a perforated eardrum.

What happens during myringoplasty?

Surgery will normally be carried out under a general anaesthetic so you’ll be asleep during the procedure. During the operation the surgeon will be using very small, precision instruments while looking at the area through a microscope.

The operation involves taking a small piece of tissue (or graft) from under the patient’s skin near the ear. This graft is used to close the hole in the eardrum. The graft will be inserted through an incision made either behind or in front of your ear, or sometimes in your ear canal. The eardrum will be lifted and the graft will be placed underneath it, supported with some dissolving material, to hold the graft in place while it heals. This may need to remain in place for two weeks and then drops will be applied to dissolve the material.

What should I expect after myringoplasty?

If you’ve had a general anaesthetic, you won’t be able to drive for 24 hours after surgery. There may be some pain after the anaesthetic wears off and we’ll help relieve this with painkillers. Before you go home we’ll discuss any aftercare requirements or follow-up appointments with you.

You’ll probably be advised to stay away from work for a week and will need to keep water out of the ear during this time.

Contact Benenden Hospital

It’s easy to make an appointment; you can ask your GP or give us a call on 01580 230661.