Tympanostomy tube insertion is one of the most commonly performed pediatric procedures in the United States. In an effort to reduce the incidence of post-operative otorrhea, many surgeons have traditionally recommended strict avoidance of water exposure to the ears. A number of studies have questioned the efficacy of such recommendations. Here we examine the evidence regarding water precautions and post-tympanostomy tube otorrhea.
Water precautions should not be routinely advised after tympanostomy tube placement. Read the full article in The Laryngoscope.