Tympanostomy (Ear Tubes)
A tympanostomy involves the insertion of small tubes into the eardrum in order to allow fluid to drain from the middle ear – as well as to allow air to circulate through the middle ear.
local or general anesthesia may be used
- Surgical instruments are inserted alongside the endoscope
- Surgeon may remove small pieces of bone, polyps or other material that is blocking the sinus openings
- In some cases, a laser may be used to burn away tissue that is blocking the sinus openings