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About Ventilation Tubes and Power-Assisted Adenoidectomy

About Ventilation Tubes and Power-Assisted Adenoidectomy

To help keep your child’s middle ear free of fluid build-up and infection, a doctor may need to insert ventilation tubes in the ears or remove the adenoids (power-assisted adenoidectomy).

Ear ventilation tubes (vent tubes) or a power-assisted adenoidectomy help prevent fluid buildup and infection in the ear. Which method is used depends on your child’s condition and what’s causing the ear infections.

What Are They?

Your paediatrician may recommend vent tubes for your child if your child has had an ear infection and there’s still fluid in the ear after initial treatment, or if your child has had several ear infections during a year.

If your child’s adenoids are enlarged and causing ear infections, your doctor may suggest removing the adenoids with a power-assisted adenoidectomy procedure.
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Benefits and Risks

All treatment and outcome results are specific to the individual patient, and will form part of your consultation with your healthcare professional.

Please consult your healthcare professional for a full list of benefits, indications, precautions, clinical results, and other important medical information that pertains to vent tubes or a power-assisted adenoidectomy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Placing vent tubes in the ears is a straightforward and common procedure. Power-assisted adenoidectomy is a more recent method for removing adenoids. If you don’t find the answers to your questions here, be sure to ask your doctor.
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April M, Ward R, Bent J. Power-Assisted Adenoidectomy in the Treatment of Chronic Otitis Media with Effusion. Poster Presentation at American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, May 4, 2003, Nashville, TN.

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.