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Pros And Cons Of Ear Tubes
?? for kids??: Ear tubes generally refers to insertion of plastic ventilation tubes into the ears if infants have chronic infections. The kids are placed under general anesthesia, the canal cleaned with antiseptic material & a thin knife used to open a hole in the ear drum. Debris is sucked out of the middle ear & the tube inserted & antibiotic drops applied. The kid is awakened & sent home to outpatient followup. ...Read more
Question: In general, a ventilation tube inserted into the ear drum for removal of fluid or to prevent recurrent ear infections should not hurt. Sometimes when water gets into the ear canal or antibiotic drops are inserted, they may possibly cause discomfort. Rarely the tube is pressing on the ear canal skin. Talk to your surgeon and ask him to reassure you. ...Read more
Ear nose and throat: If your son is having recurrent or persistent ear infections, tubes may be a treatment option. You should get an opinion from local ENT doctor concerning appropriateness for your son. ...Read more
Less infections.: Ear tubes help about 80% of people who get them for recurring ear infections. For most patients who have had tubes placed, no subsequent treatment is necessary unless there is an ear infection and/or drainage. The ENT doctor can tell you what to expect, based on whether the tubes are to be temporary or permanent. ...Read more
Like No Tubes: When the tubes stop working, your child is now back to natural ear function. Thus if if btheir eustachian tubes have matured, there will be much less liklihood of ear infections. If not, the infections will start again. Do not overeact! The tubes need replaced only if frequent ear infections occur. ...Read more
Ear tubes: Complications from ear tube placement are rare....However one occasiionally see non-healing of the ear drum after the tube falls which may then require patching. ...Read more
Chronic or recurrent: If a kid has an ear infection that will not resolve over 90 days in spite of several rounds of medication, the muck behind the ear drum is unlikely to clear without surgical removal. Tubes after that removal makes sense. If a kid has 5-7 separate resolving episodes per year, is excessively "ill" with episodes or has begun to develop allergies to abx, tubes are worthwhile. Ent's must eval & agree. ...Read more
Not a podiatry?: Consult your family doctor or ent.Get a more detailed answer ›
Individualized decis: You may want to discuss this your pediatrician. This is probably an individualized decision... Read more here... Ear tubes may not be necessary. Http://www. Nytimes. Com/2006/08/15/health/15brody. Html? Pagewanted=all. ...Read more
Varies by age/reason: How long tubes "should" remain in does not have one answer. For instance, if they are put in because a child has a cleft palate, we would want them to remain in until the surgery to repair the cleft. For ventilation in babies with recurrent ear infections, usually around a year. For older kids and adults, it really makes a difference why they were placed to determine how long - ask your ENT doc! ...Read more
Nothing if not probs: Tubes last 6 months to 2 years. Then they fall out. Some kids have had enough time in the period with tubes to grow out of the issues and others haven't- the latter group may possibly need another set. This will depend on the development of new infections or new persistent fluid or hearing loss. Most kids only need one set, though. ...Read more
Is my child a candidate for ear tubes? What are you basing your recommendations for ear tubes on?
The american academy of otolaryngology published guidelines about which kids should qualify for tubes for the first time this month that I have attached links to below.
I am a pediatric ENT in your area if you have further questions.
http://www. Entnet. Org/guide_lines/loader. Cfm? Csmodule=security/getfile&pageid=174506
http://www. Entnet. Org/healthinformation/ear-tubes. Cf. ...Read more
Office procedure: 95% of adults who receive ear tubes in my practice choose to have this done in the office. Under a microscope the ear drum is anaesthetized with topical phenol, a microscopic incision placed, any fluid suctioned from the ear, and a tube placed in the incision. All this takes less than 5 minutes. ...Read more
Ear Tubes: For most pediatric patients, we typically recommend tubes only stay in place for a couple of years. Once they've been in for 2 years, I recommend consideration for removal. For adults who have tubes, keeping the tubes in for a longer period of time is quite common and necessary. It really depends on the underlying problem and the condition of the ear. Best to discuss with an ENT doctor. ...Read more
You can swim with tubes in place in many cases. Once they fall out, unless there is a persistent hole in the ear, it should be fine to swim.
Remember that most people who need tubes can't equalize their ear pressure well. This can mean that when you are deeper under water you will have a hard time clearing your ears, which can be painful.
Certainly don't scuba dive unless you can clear your ears. ...Read more
No: There have been a couple of studies where parents applied a prescription (quinolone category) drop at bedtime in children with ear tubes who swam earlier in the day. The alcohol in otc swimmer's ear preparations will cause pain and potentially cause hearing loss. As an ent, I only require plugs for swimming in lakes or oceans, not pools or bath time. ...Read more
As soon as indicated: The usual indications for tubes are 5-6 episodes of ear infections/year in a single year. If a child develops repeated infections in the first year of life... They can have tubes. Newborns with persistent fluid may need tubes to drain the fluid. Bottom line, there is no wrong age... If there is a problem with retained fluid or recurrent infections. Tubes can be placed. ...Read more
When would ear tubes be considered for an adult? What's involved? Any time off work? Hard to care for?
Ear tubes: Ear tubes in adults are usually performed when you are unable to get rid of fluid in your middle ears. Your doctor would first try various medicines to get rid of the fluid. If steroids don't work then surgery may be the next step. The surgery is minor. You can go to work the next day and they are not hard to care for. ...Read more
How long should ear tubes stay in before needing removed? My daughter has had them from 9 mos to now, age 4 yrs and they haven't fallen out.
Common to shead: Tubes often fall out after 6+ months but may stay functional & in place much longer. I see little reason to get them out unless there problems. I don't like them swimming in the lakes or ponds with tubes but home pools are generally ok. Some ent's would pull them now if you are concerned. You may want to wait until spring to bypass another respiratory season. ...Read more
Ear tubes in 9/2013. Still visually in the ear but not working like they did when initially inserted. How do I know if they're blocked/bad?
Ear tubes: Have your otolaryngologist examine your ears.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have had 11 sets of ear tubes since age 6. Is there another solution rather than getting more? The set I've had in for 3 months just came out.
ETD: It sounds like you are having trouble with eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD). This can precipitate recurrent ear infections. Sometimes, the root cause needs to be treated more effectively. Allergies can precipitate this problem and subsequent infections. You might consider having allergy testing done and better allergy Rx. There are also some newer procedures to surgically open the ET. See an ENT. ...Read more
I signed my or permit for ear tubes weds. My surgery is next thursday. Roomie (she wrks in or I'm going to) looked at nxt weeks sched I wasn't on it yet?
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