Grommet insertion at Cambridge Hospital
Glue ear is a common condition where fluid collects in the middle ear behind the eardrum. Read more…
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It can cause deafness and repeated earache or infections, resulting in discharge from the ear.
What happens during grommet insertion?
Grommet insertion is usually performed under a general anaesthetic but a local anaesthetic can be used. The operation usually takes about twenty minutes.
Your surgeon will make a small hole in the eardrum and remove the fluid by suction. They will then place a plastic or metal grommet in the hole.
After grommet insertion
You should be able to go home the same day as your procedure. You may notice a significant improvement in your hearing.
Other than swimming, you should be able to return to normal activities after 24 hours.
The grommet will fall out of your ear by itself - after nine to twelve months for the plastic type and after about two years for the metal type.
Most patients make a good recovery from grommet insertion. As with any surgery there can be complications such as:
Specific complications of grommet insertion:
- Fluid leaking from the ear
- Ear discharge
- Small hole left in the ear drum after the grommet falls out
- Repeated build-up of fluid in the middle ear
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