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What is eardrum repair surgery called?

There are two main types of eardrum surgery: myringoplasty and tympanoplasty. Myringoplasty is needed when there is a very small tear or hole in the eardrum. It is a relatively minor procedure that involves patching up the perforation with either a paper-like tissue or a gel. This procedure typically takes half an hour or less and can be performed under a local anesthetic. 

If the hole in the eardrum is too large, a tympanoplasty may be needed. A tympanoplasty may also be required if you have a chronic ear infection that has proven resistant to antibiotics. 

During a tympanoplasty, a surgeon uses a laser to remove excess tissue build-up from the middle ear. Then they take a small section of your tissue from a muscle sheath or vein and graft it onto the eardrum to close the perforation. The surgeon accesses the eardrum either endoscopically via the ear canal or by making a small incision behind the ear.

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