This is often considered when a repeat tube insertion is necessary.
Current research indicates that removing adenoid tissue concurrent with placement of ear tubes can reduce the risk of recurrent ear infection and the need for repeat surgery.
Patients usually experience little or no postoperative pain but grogginess, irritability, and/or nausea from the anesthesia can occur temporarily.
To prevent this, an ear tube is placed in the hole to keep it open and allow air to reach the middle ear space (ventilation).
A light general anesthetic (laughing gas) is administered for young children.
Short- term tubes are smaller and typically stay in place for six months to a year before falling out on their own.
Long-term tubes are larger and have flanges that secure them in place for a longer period of time.