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Myringotomy and ear ventilation tube insertion

Fluid trapped behind the eardrum is a breeding ground for bacteria and infections and leads to conductive hearing loss, which can be permanent if left untreated. The ventilation tube is a small plastic tube placed in the eardrum. They allow drainage of the middle ear, allow air to flow into the middle ear, and prevent fluid from accumulating behind the eardrum. That improves hearing and prevents possible complications of untreated chronic inflammation.

The operation of installing the ear ventilation tube is very safe and efficient. In the St. Catherine Specialty Hospital, Mislav Malić, M.D., otorhinolaryngology specialist, sets the ventilation tubes with the most modern approach with the help of an endoscope and state-of-the-art 4K technology. After a small incision is made in the eardrum, the fluid is removed from the middle ear and a tube is placed. The tubes usually remain in the ear from 6 months to a year, during which time it is necessary to protect the ears from water entry. After the tubes fall out or are removed, the eardrum usually heals on its own, while in rare cases the hole needs to be surgically repaired.

Myringotomy and ear ventilation tube insertion
Photo 1. A small incision on the eardrum
The operation of Installing the ear ventilation tube
Photo 2. Cleaning the fluid from the middle ear
A tube that is placed in the eardrum
Photo 3. Installing the ear ventilation tube

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