What is Ear Hematoma Surgery?
An ear hematoma surgery treats and removes ear hematomas in dogs. A hematoma is a localized mass of blood that is restricted within an organ or tissue and often found in the ears of dogs. This collection of blood can be either fresh or clotted and is typically within the ear flap, which is known as the pinna. You can tell a hematoma is present when the ear flap has a thick and spongy appearance. Swelling will also take place, either in the entire ear flap or one specific region of the ear.
What Happens During Ear Hematoma Surgery?
There are a variety of methods to treat ear hematomas in dogs and your veterinarian can discuss their recommendations with you. Oftentimes, surgery is necessary as it is a quick and effective means to treat the problem. The technique of surgery varies depending upon your dog’s case and the veterinarian’s recommendation. However, whatever technique may be used, an ear hematoma surgery involves the below:
- The procedure begins by removing the blood from the pinna (the ear flap). This requires a small incision to be made at each end of the hematoma. A drain tube will be passed through the hematoma and sutured to the ear in order to remove any additional blood or fluid accumulating in the region.
- Stitches will be secured completely through the ear flap to hold both layers of skin securely to the cartilage.
- The pinna (ear flap) is stabilized to prevent any future damage. Typically, the ear will be bandaged directly to the dog’s head to prevent the dog from shaking the ear around post-op.
In some instances, there may be an underlying cause to the ear hematoma, like an infection, allergy, or foreign body. This will be treated separately following treatment of the hematoma.
How Much Does Ear Hematoma Surgery Cost?
A veterinary consultation, examination, supplies, surgical technique, hospitalization, antibiotics, and medicines are all included in the cost of Ear Hematoma surgery. Following hematoma surgery, follow-up care may be necessary, requiring additional expenditures.
Ear hematoma surgery can cost between $300 and $2,000, depending on the size and intricacy of the hematoma, your dog’s health, the veterinary facility, and where you reside.
How Can Ear Hematoma Surgery Be Prevented?
If your dog is shaking their head frequently or repeatedly scratching their ears, seek out veterinary help sooner rather than later to prevent a hematoma from developing. Not only will this prevent a hematoma and possible surgery, but your dog will endure less pain and discomfort.