Ear tubes are placed into the eardrum using a microscope under brief anesthesia. Tubes naturally move out of the eardrum usually in 6 to 9 months. The incision heals and has no effect on the eardrum. Because normal ear function improves over time, 90% of children only require one set of ear tubes.
There is no recovery period or pain after the procedure. Normal activities may be resumed immediately. Special water precautions are not necessary. Out of town patients are cleared to travel within the hour. Follow-up is recommended in 6 months with pediatrician or family physician.
For more information about ear tubes, contact Northwest ENT Surgery Center at (678) 483-8833.