Myringotomy

Care After

Myringotomy is surgery to drain fluid from the eardrum. Sometimes, tubes are put in the ear. After your surgery, you may have fluid that drains from the ear. You may also have slight ear pain for a couple days.

Ear tubes usually stay in your ears for 6 to 18 months. They usually fall out on their own as your ears heal. If they stay in for more than 2 to 3 years, your doctor may need to take them out with surgery.

HOME CARE

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Keep water out of your ears. When you shower or swim, you should:

  • Use earplugs.

  • Wear a bathing cap.

  • Make an appointment for an ear check-up 10 to 14 days after the surgery. Your doctor will check the position of your tubes and that they are working.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

Fluid does not stop draining after 3 days or starts again.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.