How do ear tubes treat bacterial ear infections?

If you have a bacterial infection in your middle ear, you probably have a build-up of fluid behind your ear drum. This fluid may not go away easily, even after the infection is eliminated. If fluid build-up lasts for three months or more, your doctor might recommend a myringotomy. A myringotomy is a minor surgical procedure where a surgeon makes very tiny holes in the eardrum and then places small tubes in the holes. These ear tubes help the middle ear be able to circulate pressurize air more normally and allow fluid to drain out of the ear. After half a year to a year, the tubes will usually fall out naturally without any additional surgery.
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