Ear Tube Surgery

What Is A Myringotomy With Tube Insertion?

A myringotomy with tube insertion is a surgical procedure in which an incision is made in the eardrum, fluid is removed from the middle ear, and a tube is inserted in the eardrum for ventilation of the middle ear space.

What Are The Symptoms Of Fluid In The Middle Ear?

  • Recurrent infections
  • Hearing loss
  • Fullness or pressure

What Can Surgery Accomplish?

  • Ventilate middle ear to reduce the risk of
  • infection and to equalize pressure
  • Restore normal hearing
  • Prevent hearing loss and impaired speech
  • Alleviate other symptoms

What Does Surgery Entail?

  • General anesthesia usually is required for children; local anesthesia generally is adequate for adults
  • A tiny hole called a myringotomy is made in the eardrum
  • Fluid is suctioned out through the hole
  • A tiny tube is placed in the hole, allowing air to enter the middle ear
  • Usually after 6 to 18 months, as the eardrum heals, the tube is gradually pushed out of the eardrum; occasionally, the tube remains in the ear canal, where it can be retrieved easily by a physician