Is cholesteatoma surgery painful?


Although surgery is required to remove cholesteatoma in most cases, that surgery is typically low risk. Indeed, there is little risk or pain involved in all of the types of surgery used to treat cholesteatoma - several surgical options are available that target different areas of the ear and use different methods of entry.

Patients receiving cholesteatoma surgery are given anesthesia to eliminate pain. Most patients receive general anesthesia, while some may receive local anesthesia - or anesthesia given only at the area of operation - and sedatives via an IV.

After surgery, some patients suffer from dizziness and complications with taste that eventually resolve. Other complications, like hearing loss and facial paralysis, are permanent but uncommon.

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