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.