A mastoidectomy is surgery to remove cells in the hollow, air-filled spaces in the skull behind the ear. These cells are called mastoid air cells.
The surgery used to be a common way to treat an infection in the mastoid air cells. Such infection usually resulted from an ear infection that spread to the nearby bone in the skull.
Why the Procedure Is Performed
Mastoidectomy may be used to treat:
Complications of an ear infection (
Infections of the mastoid bone that do not get better with antibiotics
To place a
Changes in taste
Infection that persists or keeps returning
Noises in the ear (
Weakness of the face