If surgery is needed to remove the cholesteatoma, options include:
- A mastoidectomy is performed if the cholesteatoma has grown into the bone behind the ear, called the mastoid.
- A tympanoplasty may be performed after the cholesteatoma is removed. Surgeons repair holes in the eardrum by grafting cartilage or the lining of the muscle behind the ear, called the fascia.
After you’ve recovered, you might need to have your ear cleaned from time to time by one of our specialists. Our team of neurosurgeons and ear, nose and throat (ENT) experts will help you find the best way to protect your ear health for the future.