Myringotomy and Tube Placement
In adults, the ventilation tube can typically be placed in the office under local anesthesia. In children, the procedure is performed as an outpatient surgery that takes a few minutes.
The surgery is performed through the ear canal. Some children benefit from adenoidectomy if multiple sets of ventilation tubes have been needed in the past.
How the Surgery Works
The ventilation tube provides a secondary path of middle ear ventilation that helps the middle ear stay clear of retained fluids. It is the most effective method of keeping fluid from accumulating in the middle ear.
After Surgery Care
Keep the ears dry for 3 full days after the tubes are inserted. After the 3 days, there are no restrictions with respect to getting the ears wet as Dr. Lieberman and Dr. Bailor always use waterproof tubes. The tubes usually come out on their own within a year.