Swan LogoInstructions for Home Care After VENTILATORY TUBE INSERTION

The eardrum(s) has/have been operated upon, opened, the fluid behind the eardrum has been removed and a special, very small ventilating tube has been inserted through this opening in the eardrum(s).

There is no pain associated with the presence of a ventilating tube.

There may be a small amount of blood or Betadine in the ear canal. The ear drops used after surgery will help to rinse away this material.  Please remove any cotton from the ear when you get home.

The only special care necessary for the care of an ear with a ventilating tube in place is to prevent water from getting into the ear.

1.  DO NOT swim or immerse the head in water, unless otherwise directed.

2.  When bathing or showering, place cotton with Vaseline worked into it, into the ear
canal(s) or ask for special ear molds.  No special shampoo is needed, but we prefer baby shampoo as it is mild.

3.  Call the office if there is ear pain, purulent ear drainage (pus) or dizziness.

4.  If no other procedure has been performed, the following activities are allowed:
            * Outdoor activity with a hat in the winter
            * Flying
            * travel
            * diet as tolerated

The ear(s) and tube(s) should be examined 10 days after surgery, then every few months thereafter. We will try to make special earmolds to be used while bathing, showering or swimming.  Some ears are very difficult to fit properly and if we are unable to fit the earmolds, you should instead use a cotton ball with Vaseline worked into it for protection against water.


Form 114 Rev 11/05

361 High Street Somersworth, NH 03878
John M. O'Day, M.D., F.A.C.S. Marjorie K. Stock, M.D. ,F.A.C.S.
William E. Long, Hearing Instrument Specialist
Telephone: 603-692-4500 Fax: 603-692-4520
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