Mastoidectomy to treat cholesteatoma or ear infection

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A mastoidectomy is surgery to remove a part of the bone behind a child's ear. Learn about what to expect during the operation and follow up treatment.

Key points

  • A mastoidectomy is an operation to take away part of the bone from behind the ear.
  • A mastoidectomy is done because of an infection or cholesteatoma that spreads to the mastoid bone.
  • Your child will need an operation to remove the diseased part of the mastoid bone.
  • Your child will need to have an anaesthetic. Your child will need to stay overnight in the hospital after the procedure.
Last updated: November 10th 2009