Otherwise known as tympanoplasty type I, myringoplasty is a surgical procedure done in order to fix a perforated part of the ear, that is, the tympanic membrane, or that instance when there is a hole in the eardrum. One of the reasons behind why you will need to undergo this procedure is when you notice excessive ear discharge that comes back every now and then. It will also be necessary if you are already suffering from hearing loss.
Depending on where the hole is located on your eardrum, the caregiver will decide whether or not to cut open your ear. The hole will be filled or covered using a graft that may either be a piece of skin, cartilage or fascia coming from other areas of your body. The graft may come either from another person or an animal. The procedure sounds complicated but once it is successful, water and germs will be prevented from entering the inner ear. Add to that, you will prevent yourself from contacting middle ear infections as well as improve your hearing. Here are some post-operation instructions to bear in mind though.
Know Your Medicines
In order to prevent you from having ear infections after undergoing the surgery, your doctor will ask you to take either an oral antibiotic or an antibiotic ear drops that can be applied to the ear. Antihistamines may also be recommended to prevent you from itching, sneezing, and allergies. On the other hand, your doctor may also recommend a steroid medicine to help reduce inflammation, pain, swelling, and redness after the procedure. These ones are called corticosteroids. Pain medicines may also be required.
Take Your Medicines Accordingly
There are typically some important things to bear in mind when taking medicines as part of your post-operation care for a myringoplasty. It will be best to list down your medicines including how much, when, why, and how often you should take them. Make sure too that you have this list with you when making follow-up visits with your doctor. Update the list from time to time depending on what you are currently taking. In case you have any concerns regarding your medicine, you should inform your healthcare provider right away. Talk to him about medicine allergies or if you have plans changing or quit taking your medicine.
Other Important Things to Remember
It is never enough to know the different types of medicines that you should take in after the surgery or learn when, how, and why you should take them. You must also remember that medicines are not to be taken only when you feel severe pain. In like manner, you should inform your healthcare provider in case the pain does not subside even after you have taken the medicines prescribed.
You may also need assistance when taking medicines, especially after the procedure. Some of these prescribed drugs may make you feel dizzy and nauseated. If you need to attend to some important things right after you have taken your meds then you should ask someone to be by your bedside to protect you from falling.
Remember to go to follow-up visits as prescribed by your healthcare provider. This is your best defense to making sure that the procedure is successful.