Ear tubes are small hollow plastic cylinders commonly placed in the ears of children to treat recurrent ear infections or to drain fluid trapped behind the eardrum that doesn’t clear up on its own. While the tubes are designed to fall out on their own in 6 to 18 months, a small percentage of the time they don’t come out when they are supposed to and need to be removed.
Causes of needing Ear Tube Removal:
Ear tubes that have been in too long.
Symptoms of needing Ear Tube Removal:
Sometimes the persistent tube is associated with ear drainage or hearing loss but patients are often asymptomatic.
Dr. Davis removes the tube under the microscope using a delicate instrument. He performs the procedure in the office for most adults but kids require twenty minutes or so of general anesthesia in a nearby operating room. Once the tube is removed, Dr. Davis repairs the eardrum using a tiny piece of fat removed from the back of the ear lobe. Discomfort following the procedure is minimal. The ear must be kept dry for four weeks and during this time the nose cannot be blown or the repair will be undone by the pressure transmitted from the nose to the ear.
*Results may vary and are not guaranteed*