Posted by: reball | February 9, 2010

Myringotomy & Tympanostomy Tubes

As parents we only want the best for our children.  When they are hurting we are too!  My boys have suffered from ear infections, colds, and sinus infections it seems like every week this winter.  We just recover from a round of illness and boom it starts all over again.  After, trying various antibiotics  our pediatrician encouraged us to have tubes put in their ears.  I was a bit hesitant.  We weighed the pros and cons and decided that it was in their best interests!

Yesterday, we traveled to the hospital at 5:00 am in -4 degree weather to have the surgery performed.  Here is the medical terminology for the procedure but  basically it’s ear tubes.

 ” The surgery, called a myringotomy, is a tiny incision in the eardrum. Any fluid, usually thickened secretions will be removed. In most situations, a small plastic tube (a tympanostomy tube) is inserted into the eardrum to keep the middle ear aerated for a prolonged period of time.”            

It was a bit terrifying to me as a mama to have to dress my little ones in pint-sized hospital gowns in preparation for them being whisked away by strangers in scrubs and goofy hats!  However, they did wonderfully.  I will admit they were pretty upset in the recovery room afterwards but overall it wasn’t a terrible experience.  I also have to tell you the twindaddy was proud that I only shed a few tears as they took the boys away!


Mr. G had to stay in recovery a little longer due to his blood pressure but that turned out to be nothing more than a side effect of the screaming fit he had after surgery.

Today, they seem like a couple of happy boys!  They are back to their mischievous, ornery little selves and haven’t stopped yelling and talking yet!  I think it’s because without all of that fluid and ‘gunck’ in their ears they can hear themselves! 

I highly recommend this procedure to anyone with problem ears!  It seems to have helped tremendously!  Our doctor also told us that regardless of the rumor that they can’t swim or have water near their ears , they are free to splash and play without harm! 


Just another step on this road we’re traveling down!



  1. So glad their surgery is done and over with! Hopefully from now on they’ll be feeling much better!

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