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Ear Tubes (cont.)

Ear Tubes Preparation

After an ear doctor determines that the child will benefit from the insertion of ear tubes, the parents (or primary caretakers) should be given the following information to assist in their decision to proceed with the operation.

  • The full extent of the child's problem and why the doctor feels tubes are the best solution for that particular child
  • The details of the proposed procedure and any common complications that might arise
  • The type and extent of anesthesia to be used for the case including possible preoperative medication and discharge instructions
  • Any possible long-term benefits or complications
  • Any nonsurgical alternatives and the risks of not performing the procedure
  • Instructions for care of the child after the tubes are inserted
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/30/2015
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