What is Total Ear Canal Ablation?
Total ear canal ablation is a surgical procedure that involves removing the entire ear canal and eardrum to alleviate chronic ear infections. This procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia and may require an overnight stay in the hospital for monitoring and pain management.
Symptoms of Chronic Ear Infections
The symptoms of chronic ear infections can vary depending on the severity and duration of the infection, but common signs include:
- Persistent scratching or rubbing at the ear
- Head shaking or tilting
- Redness and inflammation of the ear
- Excessive ear wax or discharge
- Foul odor from the ear
- Hearing loss or deafness
If your pet is experiencing chronic ear infections, it’s important to seek veterinary care right away. Delaying treatment can lead to more severe complications, including ruptured eardrums and permanent hearing loss.
During TECA surgery, our experienced veterinary surgeons will carefully remove the entire ear canal and eardrum. After the procedure, your pet’s ear will be stitched closed, and they will need to wear an Elizabethan collar to prevent them from scratching or rubbing the surgical site.
While total ear canal ablation will result in permanent deafness in the affected ear, many pets experience significant improvement in their quality of life after the surgery. Our veterinary team will provide you with detailed post-operative care instructions, including information about pain management and monitoring for potential complications.
At VIP Animal Hospital, we are committed to providing your pet with the highest quality of care possible. If you suspect that your pet is experiencing chronic ear infections, don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment. Our team of veterinary professionals is here to help you and your pet get back to enjoying life together.