Myringotomy Tubes


 

WHY IS THE MYRINGOTOMY TUBES PROCEDURE PERFORMED?

  • Recurrent middle ear infections
  • Chronic middle ear fluid or vacuum
  • Eustachian tube dysfunction with complications, such as:
    • Conductive hearing loss
    • Retraction of eardrum
    • Persistent popping

HOW IS THE MYRINGOTOMY TUBES PROCEDURE PERFORMED?

  • In the operating room under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation
  • Done as an outpatient in our office under local anesthesia if the patient is an adult
  • Pre-op labs are not required
  • Chest x-ray and EKG are not required

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?

  • Mild discomfort
  • Improvement in hearing
  • Tubes extruding by themselves
  • Short-lasting tubes extrude in 6 to 18 months
  • Long-lasting tubes extrude in 3 to 5 years

WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER THE SURGERY?

  • Use eardrops for 3 days to prevent plugging of tubes
  • Keep all water out of ear canals
  • Take Tylenol for pain
  • Call the doctor if the ears drain
  • Return for follow-up in 10 days
Location
Advanced ENT & Allergy
11842 Rock Landing Drive, Suite 100
Newport News, VA 23606
Phone: 757-979-6475
Fax: 757-873-9579
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