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At UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, we believe parents and guardians can contribute to the success of this surgery and we invite you to participate. Please read the following information to learn about the surgery and how you can help.
BM-T is a surgery to treat children who have otitis media (oh-TITE-us MEE-dee-ya) or middle ear infections that won’t go away with medication; middle ear fluid that won’t go away; or hearing loss or speech delays caused by frequent ear infections.
When general anesthesia is needed, there are important rules for eating and drinking that must be followed in the hours before the surgery. One business day before your child’s surgery, a surgery nurse will call your home between 1 and 9 p.m. (Surgery nurses do not make these phone calls on weekends or holidays.) Please have paper and a pen ready to write down instructions
The most important role of a parent or guardian is to help your child stay calm and relaxed before the test. The best way to help your child stay calm is for you to stay calm.
Using a microscope, the surgeon will gently clean inside your child’s ears, make a tiny opening in the eardrum and insert the tube. The surgery itself will take only about 10 to 15 minutes.
When the surgery is over, the medications will be stopped and your child will begin to wake up.
After your child is discharged and goes home, he or she may still be groggy and should take it easy for the day.
After the BM-T surgery, you may notice some of the following signs. These symptoms are normal:
Although most children recover quickly from the BM-T surgery with no problems, you should call your child’s ENT doctor or pediatrician right away if your child has any of the following symptoms:
If your child has any special needs or health issues you feel the doctor needs to know about, please call the Division of Otolaryngology at Children’s Hospital before the surgery and ask to speak with a nurse. It is important to notify us in advance about any special needs your child might have.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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