Mastoidectomy is a surgery done to remove mastoid air cells, which is part of the skull bone, behind the ear. There are various types of mastoidectomies, and this is dependent on the condition that you have and the extent of the disease. This surgery is done under General Anaesthesia. Most commonly, you would have a C shaped scar hidden behind your ear. Other times, there might just be a small scar just at the top of the ear, near the hair line. The most common reasons to undergo this surgery would be if you have cholesteatoma, or infection of the mastoid air cells (otomastoiditis). Mastoidectomy can also be done as part of other procedures, such as tympanoplasty (repair of ear drum perforation), cochlear implant and ossiculoplasty.
You will be discharged from the hospital after a night’s stay after your operation. Sometimes, a "Day Surgery" option is also possible. Your doctor will discuss the various options with you. It is important that you observe water precautions after surgery and prevent water from entering the operated ear after the surgery, especially when showering. Also, avoid heavy lifting and straining / sneezing for at least 1 month after your surgery. Any external scars should also be taken care of. An ointment will usually be prescribed for you to apply on the external scar. Ear drops will also be prescribed for you to apply into your ear. Rest assured that the doctor and the nursing team will teach you the wound care and give you specific instructions prior to your discharge. A doctor’s appointment will usually be fixed for you about one week after your discharge to review your wound.
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