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Total Ear Canal Ablation

Surgical Procedure

A Total Ear Canal Ablation (TECA) is a surgical procedure to remove a diseased ear canal. This surgical procedure is used as a treatment for chronic ear infection especially in the middle ear when the ear drum (tympanic membrane) is damaged. Chronic repeated ear infections may cause irreversible damage to the ear canal in which case the best solution is to remove the ear canal entirely and close off the surrounding tissues with sutures so that the appearance is preserved.

The chronic infections have already resulted in significant hearing loss and the TECA procedure does not restore it, but rather, prevent re-infection and hence the overall quality of life for your pet is improved.

Process overview

Pre-Surgery Preparations

All procedures require pre-operational bloodwork. Food and water is restricted 8 to 12 hours prior to surgery to prevent possible aspiration due to vomiting. Depending on the case and procedure, additional diagnostic tests may be required for example EKG, Xray, or ultrasound. We may also recommend an anesthesia specialist if necessary to oversee the anesthesia and health monitoring of your pet.

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During Surgery

Your pet will given a sedative to facilitiate preparation of the surgical site and placement of IV cather. The next step is to provide oxygen, fluids, and thermal support. All medical equipment or apparatus will then be connected so as to monitor your pet's vital signs. Your pet is then anesthetized (induced) and appropriate pain management (epidural, local anesthetic, constant rate infusion/CRI) is administered as needed. We will continue to regulate and monitor your pet throughout the procedure.

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Immediately following the procedure, we continue to administer fluids and observe your pet for a few hours until your pet is fully awake. Discharge instructions will be provided during which all your post-op questions will be answered by the doctor and your pet is able to go home to start his/her recovery process. Follow-up post-operative exams and post-operation pain medication is provided.

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