Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Ever had an ear infection? I bet you have, if you are a human. Basically, all a myringotomy is, is the old time cure for an ear infection, a bit a of a surgical conundrum. Nowadays, you can get some antibiotics and just drink those, but in the old days, when they believed the earth was flat, they'd do a myringotomy.

So what happens? Well, basically, they just make a small incision in the ear drum. Then the pressure is relieved and a small stent is placed in the ear drum so it doesn't heal before the fluid leaves or dries up.

It is painful, and that is why they can use a local anesthetic to numb it a tad. Also, you should just ask for the antibiotics if you have a choice.

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