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Mastoidectomy

What is a mastoidectomy?

A mastoidectomy is the surgical removal of the sac of skin and adjacent diseased bone in the eardrum. The repair of any hole in the eardrum will also be performed.

My anaesthetic

This procedure will require an anaesthetic. See About your anaesthetic information sheet for information about anaesthetic and the risks involved. If you have any concerns, discuss these with your doctor.

If you have not been given an information sheet, please ask for one.

What are the risks of this specific procedure?

There are risks and complications with this procedure. They include but are not limited to the following:

General risks:
  • Infection can occur, requiring antibiotics and further treatment.
  • Bleeding could occur and may require a return to the operating room.
  • Small areas of the lung can collapse, increasing the risk of chest infection. This may need antibiotics and physiotherapy.
  • Death as a result of this procedure is possible.
Specific risks:
  • Bleeding or infection in the ear or in the wound. Rarely, an infection may spread to adjacent structures including the brain causing meningitis or a brain abscess.
  • Facial nerve palsy. Injury to the nerve controlling the muscles of the face may result in paralysis of the face muscles. This may be temporary or may rarely be permanent.
  • Persistence or recurrence of the original condition may occur requiring further surgery.
  • Ringing in the ear (tinnitus), dizziness, or an altered sensation of taste may occur and may be temporary or permanent.
  • Partial loss of hearing or total loss of hearing may rarely occur and may be permanent.
  • Failure to improve hearing. An improvement in hearing may not be apparent despite the surgery being successful in eliminating the disease.
  • Discharging ear – persistent pain and discharge may occur requiring further surgery.

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