Since cholesteatoma can become serious if left unchecked, it requires prompt treatment. The first step in treating this disorder involves drying up the infection with the help of antibiotics, given both orally and as ear drops. In addition, the ear is also cleaned under the surgical microscope to clear up the infection. Once the infection has been cleared, the doctor will proceed to do a microsurgery to remove the cyst.
In cases where the cholesteatoma has progressed further and grown a lot in size and the infection has become very severe, an immediate, major surgery may be required and you may have to stay in the hospital a longer time. If your ear bones have been damaged due to the cyst, you may need additional surgery to fix them.
After the surgery, your ENT specialist at the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Service Line at The Aga Khan University Hospital will schedule a follow-up appointment to evaluate your condition and ensure that the cyst has not recurred.
Timely intervention and prompt treatment of ear infections are important to prevent cholesteatomas from growing very large. Treatment and associated surgery is usually uncomplicated if the disease is detected and diagnosed earlier and the needed course of action is initiated at the right time. Therefore, it is important for you to book an appointment immediately with a doctor at the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Service Line of The Aga Khan University Hospital when any signs and symptoms of cholesteatoma are detected.