What to expect after surgery?
The procedure to place ear tubes takes about10-15 minutes and your surgeon will talk with you as soon as the surgery is over. At that time you will receive a prescription for antibiotic ear drops. Your surgeon will also discuss any relevant findings and specific instructions for the post op period. Use the area below as a guide for the few weeks after surgery. If you have any questions, please call our office.
Can my child go home after surgery?
Children almost always go home the same day after surgery after spending a short time in the recovery unit.
How bad will it hurt?
Ear tubes do not tend to be very painful at all. Most children will not even know they are there. Your child may have some initial discomfort or pull at their ears. This is temporary and usually not a sign of infection. If you think your child is in pain, it is okay to use Tylenol® or Motrin®. Use the dosage recommended for your child's age and weight on the bottle.
When can my child return to daycare?
Usually by the next day after surgery your child will be back to normal and can return to all normal activities, a normal diet, and can go back to school or daycare.
Can my child swim with ear tubes?
Most ENT surgeons have found that patients do not need to be overly concerned about water getting in the ears. This includes swimming on the surface of a chlorinated pool or playing in the bathtub. For children who love to go underwater more than 18 inches, you may consider trying some ear plugs to reduce the amount of water that enters the ear.
What are some reasons I should contact the doctor?
What else do I need to know?
Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic
University Hospital Clinics Building
1005 Harborside Drive
Ear, Nose & Throat Consultants
1600 West League City Parkway, Suite D
League City, Texas
Family HealthCare Center
9300 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway
Texas City, Texas
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