There are some risks that you must be aware of before giving consent to this treatment. These potential complications are rare. You should consult your surgeon about the likelihood of problems in your case.
The taste nerve runs close to the eardrum and may occasionally be damaged. This can cause an abnormal taste on one side of the tongue. This is usually temporary
but occasionally it can be permanent.
Dizziness is common for a few hours following surgery. On rare occasions, dizziness is prolonged.
In a very small number of patients, severe deafness can happen if the inner ear is damaged.
Sometimes the patient may notice noise in the ear, in particular if the hearing loss worsens.
The nerve for the muscle of the face runs through the ear. Therefore, there is a slight chance of a facial paralysis. The facial paralysis affects the movement of the facial muscles for closing of the eye, making a smile and raising the forehead. The paralysis could be partial or complete. It may occur immediately after surgery or have a delayed onset. Recovery can be complete or partial.
Reaction to ear dressings:
Occasionally the ear may develop an allergic reaction to the dressings in the ear canal. If this happens, the pinna (outer ear) may become swollen and red. You should
consult your surgeon so that he can remove the dressing from your ear. The allergic reaction should settle down after a few days.
What happens after the operation?
The ear may ache a little but this can be controlled with painkillers provided by the hospital. You will usually go home the day after the operation after the head bandage is removed, or sometimes the same day. The stitches will be removed one to two weeks after the operation.
There may be a small amount of discharge from the ear canal. This usually comes from the ear dressings. Some of the packing may fall out. If this occurs there is no cause for concern. It is sensible to trim the loose end of packing with scissors and leave the rest in place.
The packing in the ear canal will be removed after two or three weeks.
You should keep the ear dry and avoid blowing your noise too vigorously. Plug the ear with a cotton wool ball coated with Vaseline when you are having a shower or washing your hair. If the ear becomes more painful or is swollen then you should consult the Ear, Nose and Throat department or your General Practitioner.
You may need to take two to three weeks off work.
Source ENT : UK
To access the original patient information leaflet about Myringoplasty, visit the ENT: UK website where you will find a wealth of information on conditions and procedures relating to ENT.