Surgeries We Perform

Ear Tube Surgery or Tympanostomy

Tympanostomy tubes are the most frequently performed surgical procedure in the United States. They are typically preformed in an outpatient surgical setting and at the Pediatric Ear, Nose, & Throat Clinic typically that is with the parents in the room during anesthesia intubation. It is typically a 4-minute surgical procedure and is typically a near bloodless procedure. It does not require a day stay or an overnight stay and the patient usually recovers within 10-15 minutes and is discharged. In our particular case, parents are discharged with their children with the doctor's cell phone number for direct access postoperatively. This is a painless procedure and is an excellent way to eliminate ear infections and hearing loss with a minor surgical procedure. Typically, the PE tubes stay in approximately a year and the patient is followed by an ear, nose, and throat doctor until the tubes are expelled into the ear canals and removed. It is not uncommon to have ear tubes placed and at the same time have the patients adenoids removed if the child is 2 years of age or older. Often times, the adenoids lead to a great deal of mucus production and inflammation at the back of the nose where the Eustachian tube drains. This often leads to recurrent bouts of otitis media necessitating the PE tubes in the first place. If your child has recurrent ear infections or you suspect a hearing loss, please contact the Pediatric Ear, Nose, & Throat Clinic for an appointment and consultation.