Question:

My primary doctor just diagnosed me with Cholesteatoma. I already have significant hearing loss and he saw skin with mucosa. I am more worried about how soon I can return to work post surgery, rather than the surgery itself.

Answer:

Cholesteatoma is common condition of the ear, but must be treated to avoid future complications. Depending on the extent of the surgery, return to work can range from 1-2 weeks. Some people who are motivated and do not have a  physically demanding job can return sooner.

I hope that is helpful, and good luck!

Neil Sperling, MD

Associate Professor, Dept of Otolaryngology
SUNY Downstate
Brooklyn, New York