Myringotomy with Tubes

The surgical incision of eardrum to allow drainage and relieve pressure.  A small plastic tube is inserted into the middle ear through the incision to equalize pressure on both sides of the eardrum.


  1. You may be placed on a special diet.
  2. Keep all water out of ears.  Put cotton balls in ears when washing hair.  Use wax or ear plugs when swimming.  Earache and/or fever less than 101 degrees F is common during the first 2-3 days past surgery.

Contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  1. Fever of 101 degrees F or above.
  2. More than a few drops of bright blood from the ears.

If unable to contact your doctor and feel you have an emergency, go the Emergency Department.