Tube Implant

Activity

  • The day of the surgery, motor skills may be impaired.
  • Normal activities may be resumed the day after surgery.

General Instructions

  • Frequently, some drainage is seen from the ear. It consists of blood and other materials from the middle ear. THIS IS NORMAL.
  • If your physician gives you ear drops, please put 3 to 5 drops in each ear 2 times a day for 5 days. If there is continued ear drainage after five days, call your physician.
  • Antibiotics given by mouth may or may not be needed, depending on the findings in the ear at the time of the surgery. A prescription will be provided if antibiotics are needed.
  • There is little or no pain associated with tubes; if some does occur, it can satisfactorily treated with Tylenol® or Motrin®/Advil®. Please follow dosage instructions on the bottle.
  • Hearing is almost immediately improved. Some children may find certain noises disturbing for a few days.
  • Children with tubes may swim in pools. Swimming in lakes and ponds is not recommended. Do not lay the child back in soapy water in the bathtub.
  • Most tubes will come out in 2-12 months. If special long-lasting tubes were used, the tubes may need to be removed and further surgery performed.
  • Call your physician at 913-764-2737 if in the first 24 hours after surgery the patient develops a temperature of 101º or more. If child develops a cough, call their pediatrician or primary care physician. If a child develops a temperature of 101º Fahrenheit after 24 hours, call their pediatrician or primary care physician.
  • Call the office at 913-764-2737 if you notice a foul-smelling green drainage from the ears.

Dietary Instructions

  • Advance child from liquids to regular foods the day of surgery.

Follow-Up Care

  • Please call your doctor's office at 913-764-2737 to make an appointment for 1-2 weeks.