Learning curve in Endoscopic Tympanoplasties: a prospective study based on outcomes of 141 cases.

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The overall success rate for TEES tympanoplasty was 83% A learning curve of approximately 60 cases was evident, with success in the final 33% of cases being 93.5% The only significant factor affecting the tympanoplasty success rate was the year since starting TEES. Hearing outcomes are related to pre-operative ABG, ossicle erosion, and COM risk factors, but not to the level of experience in TEES. TEES has comparable outcomes, efficacy and complications to microscopic or combined techniques.

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Authors: Dario Fradeani, Thomas Milner, Arunachalam Iyer