Ears and Hearing

Myringotomy

Myringotomy is a treatment for otitis media, severe inflammation in the middle ear caused by infection.

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During the surgical procedure, a Spokane Valley ENT surgeon will create a tiny incision in the eardrum to relieve pressure caused by excessive buildup of fluid or to drain pus. Sometimes pressure equalization tubes will also be inserted to help with the pressure.

Our physicians can perform myringotomy and tube placement in the clinic using a topical anesthetic, but children usually require general anesthesia or strong sedation in the operating room. Typically an operating microscope is used, but is not always necessary.

The eardrum ordinarily heals within two weeks of the procedure, although healing time may vary, depending on if it was combined with a tube procedure or if a laser was used to create the opening. Most people report rapid return of their hearing.

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