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Delta Medix Patient General Information

Mastoidectomy

Your mastoid bone is located behind your ear.  A mastoidectomy is performed to remove infected air cells of the mastoid cavity caused by infection, inflammation or cholesteatoma.  Depending upon the severity of the disease, a mastoidectomy can be performed through the ear canal.  More often, the procedure is performed by your surgeon using a postauricular (behind the ear) incision.  Following the procedure, great care must be taken to prevent the ear from getting wet.  It is performed under general anesthesia and more often than not, an outpatient procedure.