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Meatoplasty of ear canal

Ear surgery

If your ear canal is narrowed or blocked, your HCA UK Ear, Nose and Throat specialist can carry out meatoplasty surgery

About

Meatoplasty is a procedure carried out to widen your ear canals. Patients may have ear problems due to a build up of wax and/or debris. To prevent this, part of the soft tissue in theis area is either removed or rearranged. Your HCA UK Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist can carry out this treatment for you.

Need to know

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    A meatoplasty is normally carried out under general anaesthetic. Once you're asleep, your surgeon may follow these steps: - Make small incisions in your ear canal - Remove or rearrange soft tissue from the meatus part of your ear, widening your ear canal in the process - At the end of the procedure, your surgeon will stitch the incisions and apply a bandage to your ear - The surgery can take between 1-3 hours
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    Prior to the procedure, you'll need to provide your consultant with a full list of medication you are taking. They may request you to stop taking some or all of these in the days leading up meatoplasty surgery. Tests you may undergo beforehand include: - X-ray to assess bone and ear structure - Blood tests - ECG to check your heart structure and function As the procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic, you may be advised not to eat or drink anything on the day.
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    Immediately after surgery, you'll be taken to a recovery room where you will wake up. Here, you will have your blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen levels measured. You will have a bandage and other protective material around the ear you had surgery on. As a result you may experience slight hearing problems for a few days after, as well as some dizziness. When you are ready to leave hospital, please ensure you have arranged for somebody to drive you home. Your consultant will advise you on when you can get back to your normal routine, including work and exercise. They will also discuss a follow-up appointment with you.
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We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

  • The Portland Hospital Facility

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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