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.
Ear discharge (pus or liquid running out of the ears) is not normal. It means you have an infection and you need to start antibiotic ear drops within 24 hours.
What is this for? 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. If the tube is not working, the middle ear is not healthy.
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 or damaged ear drums due to low middle ear pressure (atelectatic ear disease or cholesteatoma),
- ear pain during plane flights (barotrauma or pressure trauma).