Dr. Nina Shapiro, director of pediatric otolaryngology at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, performs an ear tube surgery on 20-month-old Madison.
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Ear Tube Procedure for Children Dr. Travis Stork: Jennifer took Madison to Doctor Nina Shapiro for a simple procedure that could reverse her painful condition. Father: It’s okay baby. Jennifer: Good morning Doctor Shapiro. Doctor Nina Shapiro: How are you? Good to see you again. You’re doing okay? You’re going to get rid of this ear infection. Father: Ah, oh! Dr. Travis Stork: Here the schematics in here. This is called the middle ear. Fluid is actually be traveling up behind your nose into this little space here. And it gets trapped because he has some ear drum, which is literally like a little drum. So there is this little tiny tube that we’re going to be putting in. As a little tiny hole, it’s going to sit right in her ear drum just like a little button in a button hole. Fluid won’t get trap in that little space. It will just drain out. The procedure should take about five minutes or less. So now where seeing her ear drum, it looks kind of grey. And when I get the ear canal really clean so you can get a good look t the ear drum. Knife please. This is the blade of a double edge swords, so you can cut forwards and backwards with this blade. They make a little incision in the ear drum. And this is the tube and I popped it in. So the tube is sitting in her ear drum right now. It can equalize the pressure. That’s one side, a little suction. I’m done. All done, particularly -- it can do her thing, will back to her regular activities.

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