How is a more formal tympanoplasty performed?

Updated: Dec 14, 2020
  • Author: Robert A Saadi, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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More formal tympanoplasty can be performed with the patient under local or general anesthesia. In these cases, an incision may be made behind the ear or entirely through the ear canal, depending on the location and size of the TMP. Repair requires preparation of a suitable bed for placement of a graft. Graft options include temporalis fascia, perichondrium, cartilage, and synthetic material. Grafts may be placed medially or laterally to the perforation, or in a combined position. [6]


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