Medical management is the first line of therapy in virtually all ear problems. But, if infection is in the air space in the skull behind the ear, called the
mastoid, or there is a hole in the
ear drum or a pocket of skin is pulled back into the mastoid, then ear surgery may be necessary.
Our board-certified otolaryngologists have expertise in the full spectrum of ear and mastoid surgery for children and adults – from
ear tubes for recurrent infections to the more complex surgeries, such as ear drum and
hearing bone repair as well as
Adults requiring ear tubes can have them placed in the office (without pain) under a topical anesthesia using a microscope. No sedatives are needed, so you can drive yourself to the office and return directly to work. Children who require ear tubes will be placed under general anesthesia at the
surgery center to allow a safe and comfortable placement of the ear tubes.
An operating room is required for ear drum repair, hearing bone replacement for hearing loss and mastoid surgery for chronic infection or a
mastoid skin cyst (cholesteatoma). General anesthesia, and specialty equipment is necessary, and the operating room provides the proper environment for these procedures.
Our goals for all ear surgeries are to repair damage due to infection or trauma, and to rebuild the hearing mechanisms for the best hearing possible.