Helping you at home.
If at any time you see drainage coming from the ears you will need to use the drops prescribed at the time of surgery (Floxin or CiproDex). Use 4 drops in the draining ear 2 times a day and one day after drainage stops. If the drainage is not clearing within 7-10 days or if bloody drainage is present please contact our office. Keep the ears dry if there is any drainage. Even clear bath water can make the drainage worse once it is infected.
It is not necessary to plug ears for water activities unless water causes pain and or drainage occurs regularly after water activity. If ears are draining it is important to avoid all water contact with ears as this can make the drainage much worse.
Your post-op appointment is usually scheduled for the day following surgery at our office.
We like to check the tubes every 6 months to track their progression out of the eardrum and also their potency. If you have more than one ear infection in 6 months we would like to see the patient sooner and check the tubes. There may be measures that can help prevent future ear infections that can be discussed.
If you were prescribed Auralgan (benzocaine) numbing drops for your child prior to surgery do not use those after the tubes are placed. Nothing should be place in the ear except antibiotic drops.
Myringotomy with or without tympanostomy tube insertion is the most commonly performed ear operation. It is extremely safe and effective. Complications are minor and usually in the form of infection, which may be treated with antibiotics. The tube usually remains in place for 6 to 12 months, although it may be rejected sooner or remain in place for years. If a hearing test has not been done in the last 3 months, one will be performed at surgery as we want to be sure that no hearing loss is present. Post-op care including water precautions are individualized and will be discussed by your physician. Occasionally the tympanic membrane fails to heal after tubes have been removed, and the resulting perforation may require surgical repair. In some cases, tympanostomy tubes may need to be replaced. Hearing improvement is usually immediate after fluid has been removed from the ear. Failure to improve hearing may indicate a second problem in the middle or inner ear.