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If your child has a perforation in the tympanic membrane — often referred to as a punctured eardrum — she may need a tympanoplasty, a specialized operation to repair the hole in the inner ear.
In this operation, an incision is made in the crease behind the earlobe (auricle). A piece of cartilage or fascia (fibrous tissue overlying muscle) is taken from another part of your child's body and grafted onto the tympanic membrane to help close the perforation.
At The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, our Division of Otolaryngology has national reputation as one of the leading pediatric ear, nose and throat (ENT) centers in the United States. We attract families from across the country and around the world, who seek out our expert otolaryngologists for surgery for chronic ear disease and other conditions.
If your child needs a tympanoplasty, it will likely be performed under general anesthesia. Your child may have the procedure performed at:
After your child's tympanoplasty surgery, you can expect:
Call the doctor immediately if your child experiences any of the following symptoms after surgery:
Please review The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia discharge instructions for Tympanoplasty and/or Tympanomastoidectomy.
Review date: April 2009