Fluid in the middle ear is common among children and is usually a result of Eustachian tube dysfunction (the ear passageway). However, this can also happen among adults as well. Allergies and sinus infections sometimes cause congestion and prevent the tube from opening properly and preventing air from entering the middle ear. When this occurs over a period of time, the air in the middle ear is absorbed by the body and replaced by a fluid. The fluid itself does not cause any damage to the ear although its presence can impair hearing as well as serve as a place for bacteria to grow. To remedy this, a myringotomy procedure, or ear tube surgery, is performed.
The myringotomy procedure involves making a small hole in the eardrum to drain fluid buildup. A small tube is then inserted in the hole to maintain ventilation. Through the opening, air can enter the area behind the ear drum. This helps the ear stay healthy, and you will not see any scars. The operation is usually done under general anesthesia and as a “same-day surgery” with the patient arriving a few hours before surgery and leaving later that day.
Following the procedure, water exposure will be discussed with you by Dr. Friedman. Antibiotic ear drops may be prescribed, while ear drops for pain should be avoided. A follow-up appointment will be arranged at the discretion of Dr. Friedman.
To find out more about our Myringotomy service, visit Dr. Friedman’s office locations at 7600 E Camelback Road, Suite #7, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251 and 903 N. Beeline Highway, Suite A, Payson, Arizona 85541, or book an appointment by calling 480-664-0125 today.