Ear Tubes (cont.)
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Ear Tubes Risks
No surgical procedure is free of risks. Tympanostomy tube placement should be considered just as any other surgical procedure. While generally safe and quick, complications can occur with the procedure as with any procedure requiring anesthesia. It is equally important to select to have the procedure performed in a facility where experienced pediatric providers are found as it is to pick the surgeon.
Placement of tympanostomy tubes carries few long-term risks and usually many advantages when appropriate patient selection has taken place. Complications may include:
John D Donaldson, MD, FRCS(C), FAAP, FACS
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