What is Meatoplasty?

Meatoplasty is operation performed to widen the opening of the ear canal, also known as the meatus. The procedure is performed when the meatus has collapsed or narrowed. This can happen with aging or following other ear surgery.


How does the procedure work?

Your surgeon will make a small incision in and around your ear canal. Tissue and cartilage will then be removed to make the opening of the ear canal bigger. Antibiotic drops are placed on a dissolvable dressing to prevent infection and help with healing.


Why is it performed?

Meatoplasty is performed to enlarge the opening of the ear canal. This reduces the risk of wax and skin debris from the ear canal building up and causing hearing loss or infection.


How should I prepare for the procedure?

Meatoplsty is performed under either local or general anaesthetic in a hospital. You will be given specific instructions before your date of surgery instructing you when to stop eating/drinking and specific medication that may be needed before or after surgery. 


What can I expect after the surgery?

A dissoveable dressing is placed in the ear to help with healing. We pay very careful attention to managing your pain after the procedure. It is recommended that your ear is kept away from water. It usually takes a few weeks to notice the final effect on hearing after the surgery is performed. Your doctor will see you regularly afterwards to assess your recovery.