Grommets are tiny plastic tubes that are inserted into the ear drum to equalize the pressure across the ear drum. There are different types of grommets but the most commonly used grommets will last, on average 6-12 months. Around this time they will fall out and usually the ear drum heals up behind them.
To read more about why grommets might be recommended click here.
This is a very short procedure and is generally performed under general anaesthesia. A breathing tube is not normally required and the anaesthetist will usually hold a face mask only.
Using a microscope the ear drum is inspected then a small cut is made in the ear drum. Any fluid behind the ear drum is then suctioned out and the grommet is inserted.
As you can appreciate from the two pictures on this page, the grommet straddles the ear drum with half on the inside and half on the outside.
This is done as a day surgery operation and after you or your child has recovered from the anaesthetic you will be free to go home.
The recovery from this operation is very quick. You can usually return to work the following day or your child can return to childcare or school the following day. One or two doses of paracetamol may be required but the pain is not usually significant after this surgery. Depending on the status of the ear and the fluid in the middle ear at the time of surgery I may prescribe antibiotic ear drops for you to use in the week following surgery.
Continue reading more detailed post-operative instructions
Usually I see you back around 6 weeks after the operation
We are currently in unchartered waters with the COVID-19 pandemic. At ENTSA we are, as always, committed to the health and wellbeing of our staff and our patients. Ear, nose and throat examinations and surgery however are considered extremely high risk for virus transmission and so we are making changes in our practice.
The current recommendations from the Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (ASOHNS) are:
As a result of this, our practice is changing. We are still here to care for new and existing patients. We have established a Telehealth system to enable continuity of care for existing patients and a ‘non-contact’ option for new patients to access an initial assessment and commencement of treatment.
Please call us to discuss Telehealth options on: (08) 7200 2539
We will still see some patients in the office however this will be limited to protect the health of you and our staff.
If you attend, we ask you to comply with the following: