The procedure is a simple one. A specialist
(otolaryngologist) places a tiny tube with a
collar on both ends through a tiny incision in the
eardrum. This pressure-equalization (PE)
tube allows bacteria and fluid to drain from the
middle ear. The child is unconscious under general
anesthesia for this surgery.
Tubes can be beneficial because they: Allow
air to enter the middle ear; allow fluid to flow
out of the middle ear through the tube into
the ear canal; clear fluid from the middle
ear and restore hearing; prevent future buildup
of fluid in the middle ear while they are in
place; decrease the feeling of pressure in the
ears, therefore decreasing pain.
Placing tubes in the ears allows fluid to drain
from the middle ear. Tubes may help prevent ear
infections and prevent fluid from building up
behind the eardrum.
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