Chronic ear problems from infections and drainage issues have a way of hijacking your entire well-being. Thankfully, certain treatments provide long-term relief. At ENT and Allergy Specialists, the otolaryngologists have extensive training in new surgical techniques that correct chronic ear problems, including a myringotomy to relieve pressure on your eardrum. If you’re in Bryn Mawr, Phoenixville, Pottstown, and East Norriton, Pennsylvania, call or use the online scheduling tool to learn more.
The ear surgeries at ENT and Allergy Specialists are designed to help you or your child with chronic ear infection problems, as well as drainage issues. The operations are minimally invasive and usually provide much-needed relief from ear pain.
A myringotomy is a procedure in which your doctor makes a tiny incision in your eardrum and places a tube through it to allow better drainage.
The pain you or your child feels during an ear infection is caused by fluid and pus buildup behind the eardrum, which puts pressure on this delicate membrane, causing pain. Typically, ear infections clear up after a few days, but if you’re having problems with chronic ear infections, a myringotomy may provide the best solution.
When the doctor places the tube, it usually stays in for 6-18 months. The tube not only enables better drainage, but it also lets air in to keep the area dry.
The head and neck surgery experts at ENT and Allergy Specialists offer another ear surgery that clears up blockages among adults: a eustachian tube balloon dilation surgery.
Your eustachian tube connects your middle ear to your throat and is designed to equalize the pressure on your eardrum and keep fluid from building up. If the tube isn’t functioning correctly or something blocks it, you can be left with pain as well as popping or clicking sensations in your ears. Blockages that medications can't clear are now treatable with a simple dilation surgery.
During this procedure, your doctor inserts an AERA® balloon into your eustachian tube, inflates it to create more space, then deflates and removes it.
As with all of their surgical procedures, the doctors at ENT and Allergy Specialists use the latest, minimally invasive techniques whenever possible.
The doctors can usually perform myringotomies in the office on an outpatient basis, which means there’s minimal downtime. If your child needs a myringotomy, your doctor may opt to perform the quick procedure at a hospital using general anesthesia.
When it comes to a eustachian tube balloon dilation, your doctor performs the procedure in the office. Using a catheter to deliver the balloon, which they insert through your nose, this procedure doesn’t require any incisions at all.
If you’d like to get relief from chronic ear pain, call ENT and Allergy Specialists to learn more about the myringotomy procedure and the other ear surgeries offered. Or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.
*Our practice has pioneered the use of Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation having performed more procedures than any other practice in the Mid-Atlantic region.