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Tympanoplasty

A tympanoplasty is the operation to repair a perforation in the tympanic membrane. In this operation, an incision is made in the crease behind the auricle; a piece of fascia (fibrous tissue overlying muscle) or cartilage is harvested from the patient and grafted onto the tympanic membrane to help close the perforation.

How is tympanoplasty performed

The procedure is generally performed under a general anesthesia in children. Your child may have the procedure performed in:

What to expect after surgery

You should call the doctor if:

Discharge instructions

Please review The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia discharge instructions for Tympanoplasty and/or Tympanomastoidectomy.

Reviewed by: Steven D. Handler, MD, MBE
Date: April 2009

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