Complicated Ear Disorder Treatment
The first step in treating a complicated ear disorder is an accurate diagnosis. Our providers will evaluate your condition by discussing your symptoms and medical history, and performing some tests. Once our providers feel confident they understand the root of your condition, they will create a treatment plan to address it. Some parts of your treatment may include:
Ear tubes are small devices placed in the ears to help drain excess fluid from the eardrum. They are placed during an in-office procedure that takes between 15-20 minutes. When the tubes are placed, it creates an opening for air to pass through and fluid to drain, providing relief for several conditions. After a few months, the tubes will fall out on their own and can be replaced if needed.
Proximity to loud noises, chronic ear infections, or trauma can all cause the eardrum to rupture. When this occurs, it creates a hole or tear that can cause unwanted side effects. A surgeon can use a small skin graft to patch the hole or tear and help patients find relief.
Chronic Ear Infection Surgery
Repeated ear infections can get in the way of your everyday life. If you’ve experienced frequent ear infections in the past, areas of your ear(s) may need to be repaired due to damage from the infections. Surgery can stop ear infections from returning and repair areas of the ear that may have been impacted.
Reconstruction of Middle Ear Bones (Ossicular Chain Reconstruction)
Ossicular Chain Reconstruction addresses the eardrum and the middle ear bones. In some cases, all three middle ear bones are replaced. During the procedure, the eardrum is elevated and the small bones (ossicles) are examined. One bone ossicle is usually removed and sculpted into the correct shape, then repositioned to reconnect the ossicular chain.
Tumors of the Ear
An ear tumor usually grows in the middle or inner ear. While they are typically benign, an ear tumor causes problems, impacting hearing and balance and resulting in other negative symptoms. Ear tumor surgery removes the tumor through the skull or an incision in the middle ear to restore ear function.