POSTOPERATIVE PAIN IN PATIENTS UNDERGOING ENDOSCOPIC EAR SURGERY
- UT Southwestern Ambulatory Services
Joe Kutz, M.D.
This will be a non-blinded, prospective cohort trial. The first arm of the trial will include people undergoing endoscopic ear surgery, while the second arm will include those patients undergoing open microscopic ear surgery. We will aim to include approximately 75 patients in each arm of the study.
all eligible patients will be evaluated by either Dr. isaacson or Dr. Kutz. Those patients with a tympanic membrane perforation or chronic ear disease requiring surgical intervention will be eligible for the study. Preoperative pain level will be measured using a visual analog scale. The surgeon will choose between an endoscopic or open microscopic approach based on the disease process and surgeon's preference. The patients will then be given a pain diary to keep for the first seven days postoperatively of their pain level. Data recorded will include pain medications and a daily pain level using a visual analog scale. Participation in the study will have no influence on the surgical approach used.
1) Adults (18 years or older)
2) Evaluated and treated by Dr. Isaacson or Kutz
3) Diagnosis of a tympanic membrane perforation or chronic ear disease requiring surgical intervention. Examples of chronic ear disease include cholesteatoma, cholesterol granuloma, middle ear tumors, ossicular chain discontinuity, myringitis, otorrhea, tympanosclerosis, etc.