Myringotomy is a common procedure to remove the accumulated fluid in the middle ear which is usually takes half an hour. The patient does not have to get admitted in the hospital; it is an outpatient procedure.
How does the fluid get accumulated in the ear?
There is no particular reason for fluid getting accumulated in the ear. Any kind of infection or dysfunctional ear tube may cause the fluid to not drain or pass through the tympanic membrane.
Procedure for Myringotomy
It is a small procedure which does not require an Operation Theatre. The fluid is cleared by inserting tympanostomy tube to clear the middle ear from any fluid. The procedure is conducted under local anaesthesia for adults. General anaesthesia is opted in case of children.
How much time does it take to heal?
The patient can immediately go home after the procedure but proper medication and care is required to heal the area. It usually takes 2-3 weeks to fully heal the wound. The tube is also removed after 6-12 months.