Ear tubes, also known as tympanostomy tubes, are placed in the eardrum to release
and equalize pressure within the middle ear thus reducing pain and the frequency of
The tympanostomy surgery takes just about 10-minutes and is an outpatient procedure.
It is performed under general anesthesia and is done by our ENT surgeons. Anesthesia is used to make your child comfortable and not feel the pain or anxiety of the procedure. Once your child is comfortably sedated, a small incision is made in the eardrum to release pressure and fluid out of the middle ear. A small, hollow tube made from surgical-grade plastic or metal is placed in the incision. The tube acts as a conduit or tunnel from the middle to the outer ear.
The purpose of the ear tubes is to equalize pressure between the middle ear and the
outside. It is a safe and effective procedure performed over several decades relieving
the pain of many susceptible children (while also relieving the stress of their parents).
The ear tubes keep fluid from building up in the inner ear, which reduces inflammation
and allows the ear to heal from infections quicker. This procedure often helps reduce
ear infections, relieve their symptoms, and prevents common complications including
Post procedure follow-up usually takes place in our office three to four weeks after
surgery to make sure the tubes are working well and there are no complications from
the procedure. A hearing test will often be conducted at that time also.
Contact Us if you think ear tubes may be an option for your child. We will be
happy to determine and discuss the best options available.