What is Grommet Insertion Surgery?

The collection of fluid in the middle ear behind the eardrum is a common condition - also known as Glue Ear. 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. The fluid from the middle ear is drained during surgery and a grommet (a small plastic or metal tube) is inserted in the affected ear or ears to enable air to enter the middle ear and prevent fluid build up.

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Grommet Insertion ​- who is it for?

Who Is Grommet Insertion Surgery For?

This surgery is for patients with glue ear, when the eustachian tube (which connects the middle ear to the back of your nose) doesn’t work properly and fluid builds up in the middle ear. 

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.

What are the benefits?

The grommet ventilates your middle ear, allowing air to enter it. This prevents fluid build-up and associated deafness.

Sometimes the surgeon will recommend using grommets with other surgery techniques to get the best results. Self Pay Surgery offers the following combination surgeries with grommets: Grommet Insertion & Adenoidectomy, Grommet Insertion and Turbinectomy, Grommet Insertion with Adeno Tonsillectomy, and Grommet Insertion with Adeno-Tonsillectomy and Turbinectomy.

What happens During Surgery?

The operation involves making a small hole in the eardrum and removing fluid build up by suction. The plastic or metal grommet is then inserted in the hole.

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 should be able to resume other activities after 1 to 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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