Complete Ear Tube Surgery

Hey Ella
Getting Ella out of car seat` Are you excited? Got her binky, got her bag?
Are you going to feel better today… are you going to be able to hear? This is ella smith… hi ella how are you
this morning? She’s getting ear tubes put in… she doesn’t
even know she’s going to feel better She had back to back ear infections and she
still has fluid on her ears. She just needs help getting fluid off her ear drum… or
Ella’s going to have her own speech… cause she won’t be able to hear clearly Of course you’re a little anxious about your
child having surgery, but I think Dr. Elmaraghy has done a good job of educating us… letting
us know what’s going to happen each step of the way. I chose a facility that only deals with pediatrics…
only kids… and who better else to take care of your children then someone who constantly
sees them and takes care of them I’m going to take her temperature.. You guys can come on in… set your stuff
on the chair She can keep her socks and her little toy So about 15 min when we leave her to when
we see her again? It will be about half an hour… half an hour… ok How are you cutie pie? The entire surgery takes a little over 10
min and I’ll come talk to you when we’re finished Hey cutie… today’s your day
Hello everyone…this is Ella smith.. Time in the room is going to be 744
So this is an ear tube.. you can see it’s only a couple millimeters..
We implant the tube and it expands across the eardrum…
The purpose of a tube is to keep a ventilation hole in the ear drum Is it getting better now? Perfect Alright…
Here’s our ear speculum Basically we just put that very gently in
Ella’s ear The reason we’re doing this is just persistent
fluid in Ella’s ear She slept through a fire alarm at school…
so maybe now she’ll hear that fire alarm She’s got quite a bit of fluid that’s gonna
be suctioned out… we’re going to send a sample to the lab to find out what kind of
bacteria has been in her ear I usually irrigate out the middle ear with
a little bit of antibiotic I’ll take the tube… so this is the ear tube
fairly small… that will just ventilate the middle ear that will help in infection drain
and allow us to put in antibiotic in her ears if she gets an ear infection
That is perfect… ear drops please It will be nice to see her and know it’s over
We’re going to move on to the left ear So same exact thing… just put the speculum
in the ear So we just make a very small incision … one
millimeter incision in the ear drum And that’s a complete ear tube… ear tubes
on both sides. Calling Ella’s parents after surgery
Oh my gosh… that went really fast Walking to consult room
Hey, everything went perfect She needed that badly … she had fluid on
both sides… This is the only care that you’re doing to
use after surgery… so these are antibiotic ear drops
By this afternoon she should be good to go She did perfect… she did perfect
Will she hear a lot better? She will definitely hear a lot better… I can’t guarantee she’ll
listen to you… laughing… Probably in about ten minutes they’ll call
you back… once she’s awake and you’ll be able to see her… ok… thank you… I thought it would take forever… and it’s
like I blinked and they asked us to come back and see him.
I didn’t think I was going to be as nervous as I was when I left her, but now that’s it’s
over and I’ve talked to the doctor… it’s a sense of relief.
Ear tubes function a couple things… they allow us to sample what’s in the ear so we
can culture it and determine exactly what bacteria it is… but also it provides instant
relief for the child if they have fluid in their ears
The tubes last one to 3 years… they typically fall out on their own
We like to see the child back about six weeks out just to make sure the ear drum has kept
the ear tube in and that the ear tube remains open
From there we see her every six months until those tubes fall out
Fast recovery … ear tubes are a good surgery in the fact for a patient like Ella they actually
feel a lot better after surgery… her hearing will be better… she’ll have a lot less pressure
There’s no such thing as routine surgery … with regards to ear tubes… we consider every
patient our most important patient of the day and with a patient like Ella… everything
has be to perfect. We don’t ever consider it routine. This is Ella… she’s all done
She did fabulous She seems happy… and was happy before and
after.. that’s about as good as it can be. I knew she was in great hands with Dr. Elmaraghy
Nationwide Children’s definitely did a great job from beginning to end… we got registered
we got back to pre-op… everyone was very informative… everyone cared about ella,
cared about us.. and even as we left… everyone made sure we didn’t have any questions or
concerns regarding her or us.


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