Tympanostomy

Having tubes placed in the ears is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures. The operation is usually quick, relatively painless, and rarely associated with complications. Here are some suggestions to help make things go smoothly.

Before Surgery:

In general, you should not eat or drink within 8 hours of your scheduled surgery.  This may be relaxed a little for certain procedures but you should double check with your doctor, especially if you have a medical condition that requires food every few hours.

It is important to note that you can still have the surgery even if you have an ear infection.  (Remember - if you did not have a problem with infections you would not need the surgery.)
 
Parents are allowed in the operating room to help their child feel safe while they are waiting to fall asleep.  However as every hospital has different procedures please double-check with your operating room.  If a parent is allowed to remain with the child, please one parent only.

Usually a child does not need any pain medication.  If your child is complaining of discomfort feel free to give Tylenol® as needed.

It is important that following surgery you keep your child's ear DRY!!!  Please use earplugs while showering or bathing.  Swim plugs may be purchased at your local drug store for swimming.  However custom earplugs are usually a better fit.  Please speak with our Audiologist prior to surgery so a mold of your child's ear can be made and the plugs made before they will be needed.  Please allow at least 2 weeks for the molds to be made and returned to you.

Eardrops will be given to you. Place 3 to 4 drops in the ear with the tubes (or both if surgery was performed on both) each ear at night for three nights. If your child complains of pain after you use them the first night, don't use any more.

Call our office if you have any questions or problems.