Ear Infection (Otitis Media) - Surgery Experience

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What are the goals of chronic otitis media surgery?

The goals of surgery are to first remove all of the infected tissue so that it can be "safe" from recurrent infections. The second goal is to recreate a middle ear space with an intact eardrum. Finally, hearing is to be restored. This may seem strange that hearing is the last priority, but if the first two priorities are not met, anything that is done to improve hearing will ultimately fail. If hearing is restored, but the infection returns, the hearing will be lost again. Likewise, if hearing is restored, but the middle ear space is not recreated, the eardrum will re-stick to the middle ear or the ossicles.

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Comment from: Hikaru, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 28

When I was really little I suffered from ear infections. It was awful! I would get them so often, so my mom finally brought me to the doctor. I think they said it was because of tonsillitis, or something. Anyway, they said I could either have a tube put in which was painful and not as effective or I could get my tonsils removed, which my mom opted for. I still remember walking down the hallway to the prep room or whatever, where they gave me something to sedate me for the surgery. I was so scared! Afterward also it was awful. I was allowed to eat as much ice cream as I wanted, but I was in so much pain, I couldn't even eat it! They gave me some medicine for the pain, but it tasted awful and it burned so I couldn't take it. I even had to eat applesauce and baby food for a while! Thankfully I was only about 4 or 5 maybe even 3. I've only had two infections since then and that was because my boarding school was disgustingly dirty. However, I do have slight hearing loss but I am sensitive to loud and high pitched sounds.

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