What is mastoidectomy?

A mastoidectomy is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of the mastoid air cells, which are located near the inner ear. This procedure is typically performed as part of treatment for conditions such as mastoiditis, chronic suppurative otitis media, or cholesteatoma.
At MGM Hospital, we understand that undergoing any surgical procedure can be a daunting experience. That is why our team of highly skilled surgeons and healthcare professionals are dedicated to providing you with the highest quality of care possible. We strive to ensure that your experience with us is as comfortable and stress-free as possible.



You observe any of the following Mastoidectomy indications, kindly inform us at the MGM hospital:

  • Drainage from the affected ear.
  • Ear pain.
  • Fever.
  • Headache.
  • Hearing loss in the affected ear.
  • Redness, swelling, and tenderness behind the affected ear.


Our medical experts at MGM hospital recognize the following mastoidectomy reasons:

  • Mastoiditis is most often caused by a middle ear infection (acute otitis media).
  • The infection may spread from the ear to the mastoid bone.


The following risks related to mastoidectomy are actively minimised by medical staff at our MGM hospital:

  • Inner ear hearing loss (sensorineural hearing loss).
  • Facial nerve injury, which could cause facial weakness or paralysis.
  • A change in taste, which often lasts several months (dysgeusia).


At MGM hospital, the following precautions are taken to avoid mastoidectomy:

  • Rest when you feel tired.
  • Try to walk each day.
  • Avoid sudden head movements and bending over for the first 2 to 5 days after surgery.
  • Avoid strenuous activities, such as bicycle riding, jogging, weight lifting, or aerobic exercise, for at least 2 weeks or until your doctor says it is okay.

How is it diagnosed?

Following a mastoidectomy, tests are performed at MGM Hospital: A mastoidectomy can be performed for either a cholesteatoma or a severe mastoid infection. Its symptoms can often be confused with other ear infections and problems, thus, your ENT doctor needs to perform a thorough diagnosis before drafting a treatment plan. The scan will help determine the severity of mastoid degeneration. In case there is a chance that the infection has spread to the skull, you may also need a lumbar puncture or spinal tap. After a mastoidectomy, several tests may be performed at MGM Hospital CBD to monitor the patient's recovery and ensure that there are no complications.These tests may include:
• Hearing test
• CT scan or MRI
• Blood tests
• Balance test


How is it treated?

MGM Hospital CBD provides treatment for Mastoidectomy with the help of expert ENT doctors who are specialized in performing this surgical procedure. The hospital follows a comprehensive approach to treatment, which includes:

Throughout the entire treatment process, the expert doctors at MGM Hospital CBD work closely with the patient to provide personalized care and support. They also use the latest technology and equipment to ensure the best possible outcome for the patient. The hospital's team of highly skilled nurses and support staff provides comprehensive care to the patient during their hospital stay and after they are discharged.

Mastoidectomy is a surgical procedure performed to remove diseased mastoid air cells located in the skull bone behind the ear.The procedure is typically performed to treat chronic infections of the middle ear that have spread to the mastoid bone or to remove benign or malignant tumors of the middle ear or mastoid bone. Here are the steps involved in performing a mastoidectomy:


The patient is given general anesthesia to ensure they are asleep and pain-free throughout the surgery.

Removal of mastoid air cells

Using a surgical drill, the surgeon carefully removes the diseased mastoid air cells. The surgeon may use a microscope or an endoscope to see the small structures in the middle ear.

Identification of structures

The surgeon identifies the structures of the middle ear, such as the ossicles (the three small bones in the ear that transmit sound to the inner ear) and the facial nerve (the nerve that controls facial movements and sensation).

Repair of middle ear

If necessary, the surgeon repairs any damage to the middle ear, such as repairing the ossicles or the eardrum.


Once the surgery is complete, the surgeon carefully closes the incision using sutures or staples.


The patient is closely monitored in the recovery room for any complications, such as bleeding or difficulty breathing. Most patients are able to go home the same day or the following day after surgery.

After the surgery, the patient may need to wear a head bandage or dressing for a few days. The patient may also need to take antibiotics and pain medication. The surgeon will provide instructions for wound care and follow-up appointments.

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