A light general anesthetic will be administered throughout the procedure which will involve a small incision in the ear drum or tympanic membrane. The ear will be deeply cleaned to remove debris and excessive pus, and flushed with a cleansing solution. An ear tube is placed in the hole to keep it open and allow air to reach the middle ear space.
After surgery, the patient will be monitored in the recovery room and will usually go home within an hour if no complications occur. Our patients usually experience little or no post operative pain but grogginess and slight nausea from the anesthesia can temporarily occur.
Hearing loss caused by the presence of middle ear fluid is immediately resolved by surgery. Sometimes children can hear so much better that they complain that normal sounds seem too loud.