Operations Performed:

Ventilation Tubes (Grommets)

Grommets are tiny plastic tubes that are inserted into the ear drum to ventilate the middle ear and drain any fluid.
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What to expect with the procedure

Grommet tube insertion is a short procedure taking no more than 10 minutes. It is performed under general anaesthetic in hospital as a day case. Under microscopy, the ear canal is cleared to visualise the ear drum. A small incision is then made in the ear drum and any middle ear fluid is suctioned. A small silicon tube or grommet is then inserted.

After a short period in recovery, your child will be transferred to the day stay ward. Here he/she will be observed for 3-4 hours and then discharged home.

There is very little pain associated with the procedure and usually, Panadol is all that is required. It is not uncommon to have a little blood-stained discharge from the ear in the first 24 hours. Usually, your child can return to school/childcare 24 hours after the procedure. Most grommets typically last for 6-12 months before they self-extrude. During this time it is important to avoid getting any water in the ear as this can result in an infection.

I will usually review your child 6 weeks after the procedure and again at 6 months.