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Before Middle Ear Surgery

You are having surgery on your middle ear. This sheet can help you get ready. If you have any questions, ask your healthcare provider beforehand.

Preparing for surgery

Follow your healthcare provider's advice. Be sure to:

  • Schedule a pre-surgery checkup if one is needed.

  • Take antibiotics or other medicines as your healthcare provider directs.

  • Tell your healthcare provider what medicines you take. This includes over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, herbs, and supplements. Ask if you should stop taking any of these before surgery.

  • Tell your healthcare provider if you have a pacemaker.

  • Make sure your healthcare provider knows about any allergies, such as to medicine and latex.

  • Plan for an adult family member or friend to drive you home after surgery.

  • Don't eat or drink before surgery as your healthcare provider directs.

About anesthesia

Anesthesia is a type of medicine. It keeps you from feeling pain during surgery. You will likely have one of these:

  • General anesthesia. This puts you into a state like deep sleep during the surgery.

  • Local anesthesia with sedation. Local anesthesia numbs the place of surgery. Sedation makes you relaxed and sleepy. You will be awake during surgery. Or you may sleep lightly. But you will feel no pain.

All surgeries have risks. For middle ear surgery, these are:

  • Infection

  • Failure of a graft, or patch (often made of tissue), causing in a hole in the eardrum

  • Failure of a prosthesis (manmade replacement part)

  • More hearing loss, such as total hearing loss (rare), ringing in the ears, or dizziness 

  • Facial droop

  • Numbness of the outer ear

  • A change in your sense of taste

  • Dry mouth

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