January 25, 2018
February 26, 2018


What is a tympanoplasty?

Tympanoplasty is the surgical repair to the hole in the eardrum and the reconstruction of the chain of bones in the middle ear.

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:
  • Ringing in the ear (tinnitus) or dizziness may occur and may be temporary or permanent.
  • Partial loss of hearing or total loss of hearing due to inner ear injury may rarely occur and may be permanent.
  • Facial nerve palsy. Temporary or permanent paralysis of the muscles of the face may rarely occur.
  • Failure to improve hearing. An improvement in hearing may not be apparent despite the surgery being successful in repairing the hole or reconstructing the chain of bones.
  • Failure of the repair. There may be persistence of the tympanic membrane perforation or ossicular chain damage which may require further surgery.
  • Intracranial complications are rare.
  • Altered sensation of taste may occasionally occur.
  • Temporary loss of sensation to ear (pinna).
  • Abnormal scar tissue formation. This may result in a thickened, wide red scar which may require further surgery.

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