Indian Journal of Otology

: 2013  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 66--67

Novel method of drying temporalis fascia graft for tympanomastoid surgery

Vikram Bhardwaj, Rohit Verma, Sanjeev Puri 
 Department of ORL, Head and Neck Surgery, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, Punjab, India

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Rohit Verma
Department of ENT, Head and Neck Surgery, 1st Floor, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Tagore Nagar, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, Punjab


Drying the temporalis fascia graft is often an understated step in tympanomastoid surgery. Different surgeons use different methods to dry the graft. We report a novel method of drying temporalis fascia graft for tympanomastoid surgery using hot boiling water. The method is quick, easy, and safe.

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Bhardwaj V, Verma R, Puri S. Novel method of drying temporalis fascia graft for tympanomastoid surgery.Indian J Otol 2013;19:66-67

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Temporalis fascia as a graft material for myringoplasty was first used by Heermann in 1958. [1] Regardless of the technique employed, "take" rate with temporalis fascia graft range between 93% and 97%. [2],[3]

The advantages of the temporalis fascia include the ease of harvest from the same surgical incision, availability of a large amount of graft and high take rates. [4]

Dry versus wet temporalis graft

Some surgeons harvest temporalis fascia at the start of procedure and use it when it becomes dry (rigid), whereas others harvest it at the end of the operation and use it when still wet (soft).Using a wet or dry graft is usually the surgeon's prerogative. A few studies have been conducted comparing the success rates using dry and wet temporalis fascia grafts, which have not demonstrated a statistically significant difference in the success rate. [5]

Using a dry temporalis fascia graft is still preferred by a majority of surgeons. A dry graft is easier to slide and manipulate beneath the tympanomeatal flap.

Methods of drying temporalis fascia graft

After harvesting the temporalis fascia graft, it is teased out to a thin uniform layer and dried to the consistency of parchment paper. [6]

A number of different ways to dry the harvested fascia have been tried and used by different centers depending on institutional protocols, availability of drying methods, operation theaterset-ups and individual preferences. An ideal method should be one which is quick, free from contamination, non-hazardous, and feasible.

It can be placed under a heating lamp set on the back table. [6] This may not be a very practical method in some OTs due to space crunch. Some centers use an air dryer, which carries the risk of the graft being blown away and contamination of the graft.

Some surgeons just let it dry by itself which may take a long time prolonging the surgery especially when the graft was not harvested at the beginning of surgery. In some centers, the graft is placed and spread between glass plates and dried until it becomes rigid. [5]

How i do it?

After harvesting the temporalis fascia, it is placed "fascia down" on a small metal plate and the excess connective tissue is removed using an elevator or back of the knife until it forms a thin uniform layer. A small bowl is filled with hot boiling water (which is easily available in an operation theater) and the plate with graft is placed over the bowl.

Both the plate and the bowl are gently rocked so that the hot water touches the undersurface of the plate. Within 30 s, the plate becomes hot and graft starts drying. The graft invariably dries completely within 2 min [Figure 1].{Figure 1}

It is a quick method of drying the graft with no risk of contaminating or blowing away the graft. It is especially useful for beginners, who may fail in their first attempt to place the graft and need to dry it again.

This has been the standard method of drying the temporalis graft at our institute and has worked well for us through the years.


We acknowledge the help of our institute Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana (India) for the help and interest rendered in the study.


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