Surgical microscope allows for better visualization of the ear structures including the canal, tympanic membrane, and middle ear. The ear microscope is commonly used during cerumen or foreign body removal, repair of the eardrum, or drainage of a middle ear infection
Removal of ear wax is usually a simple procedure performed in the primary care provider’s office utilizing a water pump. Aggressive irrigation may cause pain and occasionally lead to infection of the external ear canal. In our office, cerumen removal is performed in a painless manner utilizing direct visualization and a variety of highly specialized instruments to avoid the ear canal injury. The procedure takes only a few minutes, and is frequently performed during routine office visit.
Myringotomy with or without ventilation tube
Fluid in the middle ear is referred to as a middle ear effusion. This can be acute or chronic and present as ear pain, pressure, and diminished hearing. If medical treatment fails, a myringotomy is performed. This procedure is painless, performed under topical anesthesia and takes 10-15 minutes to complete. The patient will experience immediate improvement in hearing and relief of ear pressure. If the patient has a history of recurrent infections or Eustachian tube dysfunction, a miniscule plastic tube (ventilation tube) is inserted to provide long-term symptom relief.
Chemical labyrinthectomy is a procedure performed for a variety of ear related ailments. Depending on the condition treated, medication can be administered through the tympanic membrane directly to the middle ear. This is usually performed for sudden hearing loss or recurrent episodes of vertigo. Occasionally, dramatic improvement or complete resolution of symptoms can be achieved.