Total Ear Ablation

A total ear canal ablation is a surgical procedure that is performed due to a variety of medical conditions. Conditions that may lead to a total ear canal ablation needing to be performed are including but no limited to chronic ear infections, polyps, neoplasia, trauma and congenital conditions. For those patients that have not been able to be medically managed surgery is recommended. Clinical signs of chronic ear disease include head shaking, malodorous ears, pain, masses in the canal and chronic exudate.

The total ear canal ablation (TECA) is a procedure that surgically removes the entire ear canal (both vertical and horizontal components). The goal of the TECA is to remove all diseased portions of the ear as well as any secretory epithelium in the middle ear.

The items listed below are included in the surgery estimate. Patients are typically hospitalized for 1-2 days following surgery.

  • Complimentary Exam the day of surgery
  • Preoperative bloodwork panel
  • IV Catheter and fluids during and after surgery
  • Placement of a fentanyl patch before surgery
  • Preoperative pain medications and induction of anesthesia
  • Anesthesia during surgery
  • Monitoring before, during and after surgery
  • Surgical procedure
  • Pain medications before, during and after surgery
  • Antibiotics before during and after surgery
  • Culture of ear if needed during or after surgery
  • Hospitalization for 1-2 days following surgery.
  • E collar to go home
  • Follow-up visits for assessment and suture removal
  • Sedation if needed for suture removal

Cost: Single Ear $1200- $1400
Cost: Both Ears $1800-$2200

(It is at the doctor’s discretion whether or not to perform surgery on both ears at the same time)