What is Grommet Removal?

Grommets are inserted in the eardrum during a surgical procedure, to assist clearing glue ear. Most grommets dissolve or are expelled naturally from the ear after 6 to 18 months. Some extruded grommets stay in the ear canal on or close to the eardrum. Grommet removal uses a specially designed small instrument to remove the grommet.

Grommet Removal ​- VIDEO EXPLAINER

Grommet Removal ​- who is it for?

Who Is Grommet Removal For?

For some individuals, extruded grommets stay in the ear canal on or close to the eardrum. Subsequent wax build-up can cause blockage and hearing difficulties.

What are the benefits?

The grommet removal provides relief to blockage and hearing difficulties in the ear.

What happens During Surgery?

This is a simple procedure, which is carried out under topical local anaesthetic using micro-suction or with micro forceps.

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?

The small hole that is left behind should normally heal up completely in a few weeks. It’s recommended that you don’t go swimming until the hole has completely healed. Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice.

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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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