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Dr. Nicholas D'Avanzo
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Tympanostomy (Overview)

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 one indication for placement.


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What are the symptoms of tympanostomy?

What are the symptoms of tympanostomy?

Sometimes none!: Tympanostomy (making a surgical hole in the eardrum) may allow for drainage of any fluid in the middle ear space, so there may be ear drainage afterwards. There can be discomfort after any procedure; the ENT can tell you what to expect and what to do for it. ...Read more

Dr. Nicholas D'Avanzo
32 doctors shared insights

Tympanostomy (Overview)

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 one indication for placement.


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What is the treatment for tympanostomy?

It depends;see below: It depends on whether ear tubes were placed in the holes created in the eardrum, and if so, which type of tubes were placed. The ENT doctor doing this procedure can tell you what, if anything needs to be done afterwards. ...Read more

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I have a tympanostomy tube & i wear a hearing aid, all the conditions for fungi growth is there & i had it twice, what the best i can do to avoid it?

I have a tympanostomy tube & i wear a hearing aid, all the conditions for fungi growth is there & i had it twice, what the best i can do to avoid it?

Ear fungus: Because the ear is a dark, warm, moist place , it offers an ideal environment for fungi to thrive. The hearing aid occludes the canal and makes the problem worse. Keep the hearing aids out at night to ventilate the ears - keep your ears dry. Make sure you disinfect your hearing aid daily. Use an antiseptic product that's compatible with your hearing aid. Check with your audiologist or ent. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of tympanostomy?

Sometimes none!: Tympanostomy (making a surgical hole in the eardrum) may allow for drainage of any fluid in the middle ear space, so there may be ear drainage afterwards. There can be discomfort after any procedure; the ENT can tell you what to expect and what to do for it. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for tympanostomy?

It depends;see below: It depends on whether ear tubes were placed in the holes created in the eardrum, and if so, which type of tubes were placed. The ENT doctor doing this procedure can tell you what, if anything needs to be done afterwards. ...Read more

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Can tympanostomy tubes clog easily?

Can tympanostomy tubes clog easily?

Yes and No: They can clog with persistant drainage after the procedure or if there is an infection after placement. This can be treated with antibiotic drops - sometimes they need to be suctioned in the clinic under the microscope. ...Read more

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Is it important how big the tympanostomy tubes are?

Is it important how big the tympanostomy tubes are?

Yes, in length: In general, the longer the tube used, the longer they will stay in before naturally working themselves out, and the longer the child benefits from them. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: tympanostomy tube?

Ear tube: It is the insertion of a small tube into the eardrum. Function is to allow pressure equalization of ear pressure with environmental pressure. Used to reduce incidence of ear infections or middle ear fluid. ...Read more

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Are there any long-term consequences to having a tympanostomy tube put in?

No: There are really no serious complications with placeme nt of uncomplicated pe tubes. Mild discomfort post op. ...Read more

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Is having tympanostomy tubes put in a painful operation?

Yes: There is some discomfort after the procedure. Usually pain medication and/or ear drops are prescribed for post op management. ...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