Myringoplasty is a surgical treatment to repair or reconstruct any perforation/hole in the eardrum or tympanic membrane.
How is it diagnosed?
In case of perforation or hole there is not total loss of hearing, therefore, sometimes a patient may not know that his/her eardrum has been effected. It can be diagnosed during regular check-ups or in case of chronic discharge from the ear with pain.
What is the procedure for the surgery?
The doctor treats the perforation by using a graft. The surgery can be conducted through ear canal or by making a very small incision. Myringoplasty is a minor surgery and can be performed under local anaesthesia. However, a doctor may go for a general anaethesia if the procedure is to be performed on a child or on a patient with any other health issues.
What are the risks of the surgery?
The surgery is totally safe and any post-operative complication is usually rare. However, in rare cases patient may catch infections and bleeding may also occur. The other risks can be graft failure, hearing loss, taste disturbance, facial palsy, dizziness or tinnitus.