Understanding Total Ear Canal Ablation: When Is It Necessary?

At DermVet, we understand that deciding on a surgical procedure for your pet is never easy. Total ear canal ablation is a significant surgery, performed only when absolutely necessary due to its complexity and risks. This procedure is considered when other less invasive treatments have failed to provide relief. Here’s what you need to know about when and why it might be needed:

Key Reasons for Considering Total Ear Canal Ablation

  • Ear Tumours

When tumours within the ear cannot be managed with less invasive methods, total ear canal ablation is required to effectively remove these growths and prevent further health complications.

  • Intractable Otitis

Sometimes, parts of the ear may not yet be in their worst condition but could still prevent other areas from healing. This surgery is critical in such cases as it allows the entire ear to recover by addressing all affected areas simultaneously.

  • End-Stage Otitis

This is when all other treatment options have been exhausted and the dog continues to experience significant pain and discomfort. Total ear canal ablation then becomes the last resort to alleviate these severe symptoms and improve the quality of life.

  • Cost-Effectiveness

If the ongoing treatments are becoming cost-prohibitive without providing guaranteed improvement, this surgery may offer a more definitive and financially viable solution.

What Does the Procedure Involve?

Total ear canal ablation entails the removal of major components of the ear, including all of the vertical and horizontal canals, the eardrum, and part of the middle ear’s lateral wall. The surgery also allows for the opportunity to meticulously clean the middle ear and remove any diseased lining with a curette, ensuring a comprehensive treatment.

Choosing to proceed with total ear canal ablation is a decision that is not taken lightly at DermVet. This surgery is only recommended when we’re confident that no other viable treatment options exist. This decision is always made with the highest regard for your pet’s overall well-being and long-term health.

If you think your pet might need this procedure, or if you’re looking for more information about the other veterinary services provided, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Get in touch today at 0116 326 0402, or email via enquiries@dermvet.co.uk for a prompt response.