It is a super quick procedure. It was literally less than 15 minutes from the time they took my son to the time he was back in my arms. He was 9 months old when he had his in, he had chronic ear infections from 4 months until the tubes. After the surgery you will put some ear drops in as directed. I was told to keep water out of his ears for only a few days, after that it was back to life as normal. I would use a cup of water to rinse his hair and be as careful as I could about not getting it in his ears. He wouldn't let me put cotton balls in his ears. It was a very nerve wracking 15 min. waiting for the procedure to be done, and he was crying when they brought him out, but I snuggled him and gave his a cup of juice and he was fine. The real blessing is that he didn't have any more problems with his ears. He's 3 1/2 now, his speech wasn't delayed by the ear infections and he is doing great!
at 9:03 AM on Dec. 3, 2008