Lateral Ear Resection & Total Ear Canal Ablation

The occasional ear infection is a nuisance but at least it can be expected to resolve in two to four weeks, leaving the patient to resume a normal life. Chronic ear infection can be recurring or on-going. It can lead to dizzying middle ear infections, unending headaches and pain, as well as permeating foul odor. There comes a point when simply managing the infection with cleaning solutions and oral medications is not enough and surgery must be considered.

There are two techniques commonly used to benefit the patient with chronic otitis: the lateral ear resection and the total ear canal ablation. The lateral ear resection is the more conservative approach meant for ears not yet at their end-stage where it is thought that more efficient cleaning and better canal ventilation will help.

Typically, dogs will spend a minimum of 2 days in the hospital with some requiring prolonged stays if post op complications develop of up to 1-2 weeks.

  • Complimentary exam the day of surgery
  • Preoperative bloodwork panel
  • Catheter and fluids during and after surgery
  • Preoperative pain medications and induction of anesthesia
  • Anesthesia during surgery
  • Anesthesia monitoring before, during and after surgery
  • Surgical procedure
  • Post op x rays
  • Pain medications before, during and after surgery
  • Antibiotics before during and after surgery
  • Hospitalization after surgery for 2 days
  • E-collar to go home
  • Routine follow-up visits for assessment, suture removal and care –> at 2 and 4 weeks if needed

Cost for single ear: $2400-$2800
Cost for both ears: $3500-$4000

In some cases the procedure is staged, i.e. only one ear at a time. The above fee can increase based on individual patient needs.

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