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Myringotomy: Surgery To Insert Ear Tubes

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Updated June 18, 2014

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Recovering From Myringotomy

Once the surgery is complete, the patient will be taken to the recovery room to be observed while the anesthesia wears off. Once the patient is awake, alert and experiencing no post-operative complications, recovery can continue at home.

There is no need for incision care as the surgery is performed directly on the eardrum so no incision in the skin is made. In the first days of recovery, drainage from the ear is expected. It may be pus-like in appearance, blood-tinged or clear. This is normal. At this point, the ear should be protected from water, which can get inside the ear through the tube, just as drainage comes out of the tube. Your surgeon may recommend earplugs be used during showers, swimming or any activity that has a risk of water entering the ear.

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