What is a Grommet Insertion & Adenoidectomy?

The collection of fluid in the middle ear behind the eardrum, also known as glue ear, is a common condition. Left untreated, it can cause deafness and repeated earache or infections, sometimes resulting in a discharge from the ear. In young children, glue ear can also cause problems with balance. To treat glue ear, grommet insertion surgery is recommended by placing a grommet (small plastic or metal tube) in the affected ear to enable air to enter the middle ear and prevent fluid build-up. An adenoidectomy involves removing the adenoids through the mouth. The adenoids are part of a group of lymphoid tissues (like the glands in the neck or the tonsils) that help to fight off infection from germs that are breathed in and/or swallowed.

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Grommet Insertion ​- who is it for?

Who Is Grommet Insertion & Adenoidectomy For?

Grommet insertion surgery is for patients with glue ear resulting from the eustachian tube (connecting the middle ear to the back of the nose) not working properly.

This surgery is recommended when the condition lasts longer than 3 months and/or the patient suffers hearing loss, causing problems with speech, schooling or work.

An adenoidectomy is usually recommended for patients, especially children, who have a very blocked nose or disturbed sleep. It can help reduce the risk of glue ear and build up of fluid in the middle ear.

What are the benefits?

The grommet ventilates the middle ear by allowing air to enter it, preventing fluid build-up and resulting deafness.

An adenoidectomy can help the patient get relief from a blocked or runny nose, and may also lead to a better quality of sleep.

What happens During Surgery?

The grommet insertion operation treats glue ear and involves making a small hole in the eardrum. Fluid build-up is removed by suction during the procedure and a plastic or metal grommet is inserted in the hole.

An adenoidectomy is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes about 20 minutes. The surgeon will remove the adenoids through the patient’s mouth, and place a pack at the back of the nose to stop any bleeding.

How long will I stay in hospital?

You or your child should be able to go home the same day.

What is my recovery time?

After having grommets inserted, the patient should not swim for 6 weeks, nor dive deeper than 2 meters.

The patient will also need 2 days off school or work to avoid catching an infection that could lead to bleeding.

The patient should be able to resume other activities after 2 days

Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice.

Grommets will fall out of the ear by themselves, 6 to 18 months after surgery, depending on the material and design of the grommet.

SURGERY - criteria

Do you qualify for This Self Pay Procedure?

You are suitable for this surgery if:

  • You are over 16 years of age
  • You are not pregnant
  • You do not require complex rehabilitation or have a chronic disease that would require immediate post-operative care in an intensive care unit
  • You do not have sickle cell anaemia, renal failure or have had a cardiac arrest or cardiac intervention (e.g. insertions of stents) in the last six months

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