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

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