It’s day surgery and you can return to work 24 hours later.
Keep the ears dry for one week after surgery. Then, you can choose whether to use ear plugs for bathing, showering or swimming. Ear plugs may not reduce the chance of infection, except in very young children or people more prone to infection.
If ear discharge (pus or liquid running out of the ears) happens any time in the year after surgery, start antibiotic ear drops within 24 hours.
What is this for and is it effective?
The tubes are a temporary replacement for the normal function of the Eustachian tube. This is the tube that runs from the back of the nose to the middle ear. The tube opens to allow air to pass into the middle ear and equalise the middle ear pressure.
Tubes are helpful for people who have:
- frequent painful middle ear infections (acute otitis media),
- hearing loss due to fluid in the middle ear (otitis media with effusion or glue ear),
- retracted/damaged ear drums due to low middle ear pressure (atelectatic ear disease or cholesteatoma),
- ear pain during aeroplane flights (barotrauma or pressure trauma).