How to use Myringotomy in a sentence
Myringotomy is a surgical procedure in which a small incision is made in the eardrum (the tympanic membrane), usually in both ears.
Ear tubes, or tympanostomy tubes, are small tubes open at both ends that are inserted into the incisions in the eardrums during a myringotomy.
Myringotomy is the recommended treatment if the condition lasts four to six months.
Myringotomy with or without the insertion of ear tubes is not recommended as the initial treatment for otherwise healthy children with middle ear inflammation with effusion.
Myringotomy with insertion of ear tubes becomes an option when medical treatment does not stop the effusion after three months in a child who is one to three years old, is otherwise healthy, and has hearing loss in both ears.Advertisement
If the effusion lasts for four to six months, myringotomy with insertion of ear tubes may be recommended.
Ear tubes can be inserted into the incision during a myringotomy and left there.
Parents often report that children talk better, hear better, are less irritable, sleep better, and behave better after myringotomy with the insertion of ear tubes.
Most primary care physicians prefer to refer children who need a myringotomy and tube placement to an otolaryngologist.
Carbon dioxide lasers may also be used to perform the myringotomy.Advertisement
Laser-assisted myringotomy can be performed in a doctor's office with only a local anesthetic.
A child scheduled for a myringotomy should not have food or water for four to six hours before being given anesthesia.
The use of antimicrobial drops after a myringotomy is controversial.
As many as 30 percent of children undergoing myringotomy with insertion of ear tubes need to undergo another procedure within five years.
A tympanostomy tube is small tube made of metal or plastic that is inserted during myringotomy to ventilate the middle ear.Advertisement
In some cases, the doctor may decide to rupture the membrane on purpose, making an incision (myringotomy) that relives pressure, reduces pain, and allows the infection to drain.
However, a procedure called myringotomy or tympanostomy may be used for recurrent acute otitis media or secretory otitis media that persists for several months.
Myringotomy is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia.
Following a myringotomy hearing in the affected ear usually returns to normal, often within a few days.
The child has had a myringotomy or ear tube placement.Advertisement
The hole created by the myringotomy generally heals itself in about a week.
In 2002 a new minimally invasive procedure was introduced that uses a laser to perform the myringotomy.
It can be performed in the doctor's office and heals more rapidly than the standard myringotomy.
In some cases, the physician may decide that the placement of tubes during the myringotomy is recommended.
It is a procedure generally reserved for those children who have recurrent otitis media after myringotomy tubes are extruded.Advertisement