Ear Ventilation Tubes (Tympanostomy Tubes)
A hollow tube that is inserted into the through a surgical .
About Tympanostomy Tubes
Some children may continue to have infections, sometimes as many as five or six a year. Your doctor may want to wait for several months to see if things get better on their own but, if the infections keep coming back and antibiotics aren’t helping, many doctors will recommend a surgical procedure that places a small ventilation tube in the to improve air flow and prevent fluid backup in the middle ear. The most commonly used tubes stay in place for six to nine months and require follow-up visits until they fall out.
If placement of the tubes still doesn’t prevent infections, a doctor may consider removing the to prevent from spreading to the .