What is Ear Tube Surgery?
One of the most effective ways to treat recurring or chronic ear infections is an ear tube surgery. It involves surgically placing tiny cylinders into the eardrums to drain the accumulated fluid and reduce the occurrence of ear infections. Middle ear infection or Acute Otitis Media are very common among children, consequently, ear tube surgeries are the most frequently performed surgical procedures under anesthesia in children. Also known as tympanostomy tubes, ventilation tubes, myringotomy tubes, or PE tubes, ear tubes are made from different materials and may remain in the ears for varying lengths of time. The smaller short-term tubes fall out after 6 to 18 months, while larger long-term tubes may stay in place for many years.
If you are looking for a dependable ENT clinic to access top-quality Ear doctors and surgeons, Eastside ENT Specialists in Ohio is the right place for you. Call us at 440-352-1474 to set up an appointment with a board-certified ENT Doctor in Concord, Willoughby, or Madison.
Why is Ear Tube Surgery Performed?
Ear tube surgery is most commonly recommended for children suffering from recurring ear infections; however, an ENT specialist may also recommend it to treat ear infections in adolescents and adults as well. Children have smaller Eustachian tubes that are more prone to being clogged up. This may lead to infection and fluid build up behind the eardrum. Sometimes the fluid may remain behind the eardrum for months after the infection is treated (otitis media with effusion). This persistent fluid may lead to recurring ear infections and hearing difficulties. If you or your child is experiencing any of the following conditions, tubes in ear surgery may be necessary:
- Repeated or recurring ear infections
- Chronic ear infection that does not get better with medication
- Persistent ear pain caused by increase pressure and fluid buildup in the middle ear
- Hearing difficulties
- Learning and speech development delays resulting from hearing loss
- Impaired balance
- Malformation of the eardrums or Eustachian tubes
- Barotrauma (middle ear injury caused by low air pressure at high altitudes)
What does Ear Tube Surgery Involve?
The ear tube insertion surgery also called myringotomy is usually performed under general anesthesia and takes no more than 15 minutes. The ENT surgeon makes a small incision in the eardrum or tympanic membrane using a scalpel or laser with the help of a surgical microscope. Then the doctor suctions out the accumulated fluids behind the eardrum using a tiny vacuum. The ear tube is inserted into the hole made by the incision.
If the tube is not placed in the ear, the hole will heal in few days. The tubes allow the hole to stay open and air to reach the middle ear. This passageway also helps equalize the pressure between the middle ear and the atmosphere and make it easier to administer antibiotic drops to the middle ear. The patient is usually allowed to leave the clinic a couple of hours after surgery and full recovery is expected within few days. Your child may experience fever and pain in the ears a couple of days after surgery. If the tube comes out prematurely or if the child is experiencing pain that does not go away , you should consult your doctor.
What are the Benefits of Ear Tube Surgery?
Following are some of the benefits of ear tube insertion surgery:
- Improved hearing immediately after the drainage of fluid
- Significantly reduced risk of recurring ear infections
- Improved learning and speech development
- Better performance at school
- Improved behavior
Ear tube surgery is an effective treatment option to decrease the incidence of recurring ear infections in children and to safeguard their hearing. If you are looking for a dependable ENT clinic to access top-quality Ear doctors and surgeons, Eastside ENT Specialists in Ohio is the right place for you. Call us at 440-352-1474 to set up an appointment with a board-certified ENT Doctor in Concord, Willoughby, or Madison.
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