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Your child will most likely be able to go home after recovering for about an hour.
Most children recover within a couple of days but should follow doctor’s orders about activities. Most children will have ear drops to use for a few days. Your child will have some yellowish fluid/mucus drainage for the next several days.
You can help keep your child’s ear dry by using cotton balls that are changed regularly. If you notice a foul odor, it could be a sign of infection, so please call the doctor to report this change. The tubes, which normally fall out on their own, will remain in place for the next six to 18 months.
Under general anesthesia, the surgeon inserts a tiny microscope into the ear canal and cuts the ear drum. Any fluid will be suctioned out and the tube inserted in the cut. All incisions, which are very small, are made inside the ear, so there are no visible cuts. The tube will allow for drainage. The doctor will put a small cotton insert in the ear to absorb the drainage, which can be changed as needed.
One small cut is made in the ear drum. There are no incisions made on the outside of the ear.
This is normally an outpatient procedure, and your child will most likely go home the same day.
Your child will recover within a few days. There will be some drainage and slight pain, but this will go away in three to four days. There are some bathing and swimming restrictions because water in the ear can result in infection.
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Raleigh, NC 27610