Ear tubes are plastic and are shaped like a hollow spool. They help clear fluid from your child's middle ear. Doctors suggest tubes for children who have repeat ear infections or when fluid stays behind the eardrum.
During the surgery, the doctor makes a hole in the eardrum and inserts a tube. The tube helps fluid drain.
Most of the time, children recover quickly and have little pain or other symptoms after the surgery. Your child will probably be able to go back to school or child care the next day.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Surgery can be stressful both for your child and for you. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your child's surgery.
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Sarah A. Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Charles M. Myer III, MD - Pediatrics, Otolaryngology & John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics
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