January 25, 2018
Reduction of Fractured Nose
January 25, 2018


What is a myringoplasty?

A myringoplasty is the surgical repair of a hole in the eardrum.

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:
  • Failure of the repair. Persistence of the tympanic membrane perforation may occur and may require further surgery.
  • Recurrence of the tympanic membrane perforation may occur and may require further surgery.
  • Cholesteatoma.
  • Ringing (tinnitus) or imbalance/dizziness may occur and may be temporary or permanent.
  • Failure to improve hearing. An improvement in hearing may not be apparent despite the surgery being successful in repairing the hole.
  • Altered sensation of taste may occasionally occur on one side.
  • Sensation to the ear (pinna) or the ear may stick out.
  • Partial loss of hearing or total loss of hearing may rarely occur.
  • Temporary or permanent paralysis of the muscles of the face may rarely occur.
  • In some people, the wound can become thick and red and the scar may be painful.

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