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