Mastoidectomy is a surgical process which is conducted in the middle ear to remove mastoid air cells in order to treat cholesteatoma which is an unusual but non-cancerous growth in the middle ear.
What does the procedure involve?
The doctors will make a small incision in the ear to reach the middle ear and remove the mastoid air cells to avoid any infection. In this procedure the posterior and superior canal wall of the ear are kept intactand only the affected areas are removed. The objective is to reconstruct the area in order to retain normal hearing.
What if I leave it untreated?
Any form of infection, if not treated may spread to other parts of the body causing further health issues. In case of cholesteatoma or skin cyst, if not removed may become infectious and may lead to problems like:
- Facial Palsy or compression of facial nerve
- Ear drainage
How long is the procedure?
The procedure only takes a couple of hour and can be done at the day care. You need not to get admitted overnight for an MRM surgery.
What are the symptoms?
A patient may witness partial hear loss, infection, discharge from ear which is foul smelling and in chronic cases facial paralysis as well.