Pressure Equalization Tube Insertion

1. Since your child has had a short general anesthetic procedure, proceed slowly with diet. Start with clear liquids and progress to a light, then normal diet as tolerated.

2. If nausea or vomiting occur, it should not last longer than 12-20 hours after surgery. Otherwise, notify our office.

3. Your child may be somewhat tired for a few hours after surgery. This is not unusual. Allow your child to resume normal activity as directed.

4. There may be drainage (clear to slightly bloody only) for the first 2 to 3 days postoperatively. Clean any drainage from the outside of the ear ONLY with hydrogen peroxide on a Q-tip. Do not worry about cleaning the inside of ear canal. If the drainage is different than described above, or persists beyond 48 hours, please notify our office.

5. Your doctor may prescribe eardrops following surgery. Please follow the instructions below:

  • For the first 3 days after surgery, use the ear drops as prescribed. After 3 days, use the drops only if you suspect that you have water in your ears. We may also tell you to use the drops if infection is suspected.
  • Use the prescribed drops only if you suspect water contamination of the ear(s). Use the drops in the ear at the time of exposure. If any problems persist, call our office.

6. During the life of your ear tubes there may be drainage (clear to bright red blood). DO NOT BE ALARMED!! This indicates there may be an ear infection. Use the drops given to you at the time of surgery – 4 drops 3 times a day. Call the office for an appointment during normal business hours.