Both the placement of pressure equalization tubes and the removal of adenoids will be performed under general anesthesia. To insert the ear tubes, the surgeon will make a microscopic incision in the eardrum, drain any existing fluid, and insert a small tube.
Pressure equalization tubes generally move out of the eardrum and into the ear canal within 9 months to a year after the procedure, allowing the microscopic incision to heal without the need for further care. However, Northwest ENT Surgery Center still recommends scheduling a follow-up appointment with a pediatrician or family physician in 6 months.
After the adenoidectomy, patients may experience mild to moderate discomfort, but this irritation should subside after 1-2 days.
Immediately following both of these procedures, patients may resume their normal level of activity.
Out of town patients are cleared for travel the next day.
To learn more about pediatric ENT procedures, call Northwest ENT Surgery Center at (877) 959-5087.