Myringotomy is a surgical procedure that involves creating a small incision in the ear drum to relieve pressure or drain pus from the middle ear. In many cases, tympanostomy tubes will be placed to allow fluid to pass through the ear canal into the middle ear.
What are the Risks?
Myringotomy with tympanostomy tubes is a very safe procedure that can substantially improve hearing and middle ear function. However, there are some rare risks. They include:
- A residual perforated ear drum after the PE tube falls out
- Scarring on the ear drum
- Recurrent infections
- Hearing loss