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How long is recovery from ear tube surgery?

Ear tube surgery has a rapid recovery time. The procedure is done as a same-day outpatient surgery for children and sometimes in the doctor’s office for adults. Regular activity can be resumed within 24 hours of the surgery. Most adults are able to drive themselves home from the doctor’s office after an ear tube insertion.

Your doctor may prescribe antibiotic ear drops to use after the surgery.

Avoid getting water in your ears for the first week after surgery. After this, it is fine to swim and get your head wet. Earplugs are no longer recommended after ear tube surgery. 

Ear tubes will fall out within four to 18 months after surgery. Occasionally, tubes do not fall out on their own and need to be removed with surgery. The holes will heal by themselves. If the holes do not heal on their own, they may require surgical repair.

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