A myringotomy, occasionally called by other names, is a surgical procedure in which a tiny incision is shaped in the eardrum (tympanic membrane) to relieve pressure caused by excessive buildup of fluid, or to gutter pus from the middle ear. A tympanostomy tube is implanted into the eardrum to keep the middle ear aerated for a lengthy time and to prevent reaccumulation of fluid. Without the insertion of a tube, the incision usually heals naturally in two to three weeks. Depending on the type, the tube is either certainly extruded in 6 to 12 months or removed during a minor procedure.