Discharge may ooze from the ear which occasionally may be bloody. This discharge may last for a few days. A piece of cotton placed loosely in the outer ear canal will protect the bedding from being soiled. If ear discharge persists beyond one week, or if the ear becomes painful, notify the office. Medication may be necessary.
Keep water out of the ears: The placement of the tube means that there is now a channel between the outer ear and middle ear. Water can now easily get deeper into the ear. It is important that no water is to enter the ear as an ear infection may develop. No swimming or submersion is allowed for 2-3 weeks. After 2-3 weeks, swimming in clean chlorinated water is generally allowed without earplugs. Benton will discuss this with you at the post-operative appointment.
Routine bathing or shampooing is ok as long as the head is not completely submerged under the water. Ear plugs may be made at our office. Should water accidentally enter the ears, nothing special need be done unless pain or discharge This will generally occur within 24-48 hours. If it does, you will need to contact the office.
Duration of Tubes: The tubes are left in the eardrum until they come free on their own. This occurs as a natural body rejection mechanism. After they are free of the eardrum, they are removed easily from the ear canal in the office. Most tubes inserted remain in place about 1-2 years. Occasionally different types of tubes may be used which may either come loose sooner (4-6 months), or rarely, stay longer than 3 years.
PLEASE NOTIFY THE OFFICE IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS OR QUESTIONS.
DR. BENTON’S OFFICE 541- 754-1251
AFTER HOURS CALL 541-754-1150