MASTOIDECTOMY

WHY IS THE MASTOIDECTOMY PROCEDURE PERFORMED?

Chronic ear infections with complications, such as

  • Cholesteatoma

  • Vertigo

  • Facial nerve paralysis

  • Abscess over mastoid bone

HOW IS THE MASTOIDECTOMY PROCEDURE PERFORMED?

  • In the operating room under general anesthesia

  • Done as an outpatient procedure

  • Pre-op labs may be required

  • Chest x-ray and EKG are required if the patient is over the age of 50 and heart or lung problems exist

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?

  • Pain lasting several days

  • Delayed improvement in hearing

WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER THE SURGERY?

  • Take antibiotics and pain medications given by the doctor

  • Keep all water out of the ear canals

  • Call the doctor if you are severely dizzy or if your face does not move

  • Go to the emergency room immediately if clots of blood occur

  • Return for follow-up in 1 day

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