Bilateral Myringotomy And Tubes

After surgery, you should already be scheduled for an appointment 2 to 4 weeks after the surgery at which time the placement of the tubes will be verified and the hearing checked. If not sure whether you have this appointment scheduled, please call our office at the number below, extension 113, to check.

The operation to place tubes generally causes little discomfort. Tylenol can be used, if needed for pain, at the standard age and weight appropriate doses.

You may see blood-tinged drainage on the cotton that was placed in the ear after surgery or after you administer ear drops (See Eardrop Instruction Sheet). This is normal. The bloody discoloration and drainage should stop within 72 hours. 

You may be prescribed eardrops. These drops are to be used in the following manner:

  • Place 3-5 drops in each ear, 3 times a day
  • After 3 days, stop ear drops and place the bottle of drops into the refrigerator for possible use in the future.
  • Read the detailed  instructions on the proper technique for giving drops.

Should yellow, bloody, or green drainage from either ear develop after the 3 days of drops are completed, please notify our office at 704-752-7575, extension 113.

After surgery, the ears must be protected from water whenever the head is fully submerged underwater. Please use the earplugs our office has available or purchase ear drops for water protection in the pharmacy. Cotton alone will not work as it absorbs the water into the ear. Casual water exposure such as showering, hair washing, or playing with a hose or sprinkler do not require plugs for protection. When older children or teens are actively swimming or diving, we recommend the use of a bathing cap or waterproof headband along with the earplugs.  Alternatively, ask about the custom-made earmolds our audiologist can make for the best water protection. Note that earplugs will often be moist after removal. This is from condensation from the body and does not mean they are leaking. If they fit snugly and do not dislodge, they should be fine.

If you have any problems or questions, please do not hesitate to call our office at any time at 704-752-7575, extension 113 or, if after hours, listen for the prompts to speak to a physician if it is an urgent issue.