Childhood ear infections are the most common reason for a visit to the pediatrician’s office and over 1 million children undergo ear tube surgery in the U.S.
Until recently, parents only had one option for ear tube placement - putting a child under general anesthesia in an operating room setting. This traditional treatment can present various challenges: from fasting to significant costs and stress associated with putting a young child to sleep for surgery.
Now parents have access to a new breakthrough treatment - the Hummingbird® Tympanostomy Tube System (TTS).
The Hummingbird device is FDA approved for use in children 6 months and older and enables ENT surgeons to perform ear tube procedures in-office in less than 5 minutes and without general anesthesia.
Because the Hummingbird is designed to address challenges of OR-based surgery, this procedure delivers a range of benefits to parents and children, including:
No general anesthesia
No pre-operative testing
No post-operative recovery
Potential cost savings
A return to normal activities immediately following treatment
What's the process for Hummingbird ear tubes?
Step 1: Your pediatrician refers your child to an ENT to confirm the need for ear tubes.
Step 2: Your ENT explains the Hummingbird in-office procedure option, which does not require an operating room, general anesthesia, or hours of fasting for your child. The procedure can potentially take place on the same day.
Step 3: Your child will be swaddled and/or papoosed to limit any risk of movement during the procedure and help the procedure go more quickly. You may be in the room for the procedure.
Step 4: The ENT will remove ear wax and place a topical anesthetic on the ear drum to reduce pain for your child.
Step 5: The ear tubes are inserted into your child’s ears using the Hummingbird device. The procedure is an efficient same-day procedure.
Step 6: Your child will be able to return to normal activities immediately following the procedure.