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I was diagnosed a year ago with congenital cholesteatomas in both ears. When the doctor informed me of this, he said I was looking at four surgeries. I have already had two tympanomastoidectomys (I believe this is what it is called-Incision behind ear, drilling, extraction of cyst?), one on each ear thus far. My third surgery is scheduled for January 8th, and my doctor said it was to inspect whether or not the cyst has started growing once again. We have waited 12 months to open up the ear again because he said it can take time to grow, and starts off microscopic. I guess my question is, upon further research: Is it normal to have a second follow-up surgery, or "Phase 2?" Both surgeries have been pretty successful and fairly pain-free, so I guess I wonder if it is necessary because these surgeries are so expensive, and financially a burden. Not sure if this question is silly, and I highly respect my doctor, but I haven't really read of people have a follow-up when things are normal and functioning well. Thanks!
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