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Does myringotomy hurt?

Does myringotomy hurt?

Doesnt Have To: I typically use a topical phenol solution that can be uncomfortable for a few seconds but then abates. It is applied to the tympanic membrane with a tiny sponge. After the phenol has been applied correctly, the myringotomy can be done and patients rarely feel anything. It's a very quick procedure and can be quite beneficial when medically therapy has failed. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Busch
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Myringotomy (Definition)

Myringotomy describes the surgical procedure to make a small incision in the ear drum (tympanic membrane), creating a hole to help relieve abnormal pressure in the middle ear and also allow for the drainage of fluid, pus or blood that has accumulated in the middle ear. Ear tubes (ventilating tubes) may be inserted and left in place afterwards to facilitate air exchange ...Read more


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How is a myringotomy performed?

How is a myringotomy performed?

W/ a microscope: A myringotomy is performed on the ear drum in order to drain fluid from the ear or to place an ear tube in the ear drum. With the aid of a microscope, an incision is placed on the ear drum. The doc will place an ear tube if needed. This can be done in the clinic or in the operating room. ...Read more

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How much does myringotomy cost\?

How much does myringotomy cost\?

Depends: If done in the office no more than a few hundred dollars. If performed as an outpatient the the facility and anesthesia have to be compensated as week significantly increasing cost. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: myringotomy?

What is Myringotomy: Myringotomy describes the surgical procedure to make a small incision in the ear drum (tympanic membrane), creating a hole to help relieve abnormal pressure in the middle ear and also allow for the drainage of fluid, pus or blood that has accumulated in the middle ear. Ear tubes (ventilating tubes) may be inserted and left in place afterwards to facilitate air exchange across the middle ear. ...Read more

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Myringotomy but still pressure in the other ear. Why?

Myringotomy but still pressure in the other ear. Why?

Same as the other: The same reason you needed the myringotomy in the other ear may be going on in the ear currently having a problem. See your ENT if it doesn't improve. ...Read more

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I had a myringotomy in December of 2014, no problems until now. When I lay down or back my ear fills with pressure. If I stand up it disappears.

I had a myringotomy in December of 2014, no problems until now. When I lay down or back my ear fills with pressure. If I stand up it disappears.

Positional: Have your doctor check your tubes and how they are functioning. Try to keep them as patent as possible by performing Valsalva maneuvers. You may ask your doctor for drops to help this happen. All the best. ...Read more

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Are blood clots common after a bilateral myringotomy with tubes?

Some times: Myringotomy is done to drain middle ear fluid, to prevent middle ear infection, which may cause deafness in the children, by inserting small tube in the membranous part of drum most of the time no bleeding or clotts, some times may bleed from surface vessel, and will stop. See your doctor for bleeding. ...Read more

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Bilateral myringotomy tubes placed on my grandchild now ear is bleeding?

Bilateral myringotomy tubes placed on my grandchild now ear is bleeding?

Please see below.: Although there can be some bloody ear discharge in the first few days after tube placement, if it's been longer than that or if the bleeding is severe, call the ENT doctor. ...Read more

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What caused the bilateral myringotomy tubes placed on my grandchild 9 months ago one ear to bleed?

Infection: Your grandchild has an ear infection. Instead of the pus in the ear sitting behind the ear drum it is coming out through the tube leading to inflammation and bleeding. It is also possible the area around the tube is infected leading to bleeding. The key is antibiotic ear drops. Contact either the pediatrician or the ENT who put in the tubes. ...Read more

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Can a myringotomy worsen existing tinnitus (cause unknown)? Myringotomy to alleviate excruciating ear pressure

2 questions: Myringotomy can not have an effect on tinnitus unless you have middle ear fluid. Tinnitus is now considered a central (brain synchronicity problem). The pressure question again can only answered by the middle ear being full of thick fluid causing pressure and hearing loss. Middle ear fluid rarely causes excruciating ear pressure unless you have pus under pressure. You need accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Nicholas D'Avanzo
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Tympanostomy (Definition)

Tympanostomy is a medical procedure in which a small tube is inserted into the eardrum. This tube helps drain fluid collection in the middle ear and keeps the ear well aerated. Insertion of tympanostomy tubes is one of the most common surgical procedures performed on children in the US. Frequent ear infections is ...Read more