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Grommets for glue ear

Myringotomy

A grommet is a tiny plastic tube with a hole in the centre which can be inserted into the eardrum to help with glue ear

About

Glue ear is a build-up of fluid behind the eardrum. This can make it hard to hear. It usually clears on its own but if it doesn't, it can impact your child’s speech development or be a sign of more serious disease in adults. Grommets are tiny tubes that allow air to circulate in the middle ear.

Need to know

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    Grommet insertion involves a short operation called myringotomy. It can be carried out under local anaesthetic (which blocks pain in the area) or general anaesthetic (where you'll be asleep). And it's usually done as a day-case procedure. Your surgeon will make a small opening in the eardrum and remove the fluid from the ear. The surgeon will then place a grommet into the opening. The procedure usually takes around 15 to 20 minutes in a dedicated ear, nose and throat unit.
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    Your consultant will explain how to prepare and what will happen when the grommets are inserted.
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    You or your child should be able to go back to normal one or two days after the grommet operation. Within a few weeks, you or your child will be able to go swimming. Flying is not a problem with grommets. Your consultant will arrange a hearing test in the first few weeks following surgery to confirm that hearing has improved. They'll schedule follow-up hearing tests every few months until the grommets fall out. Usually the grommets will fall out naturally after six months to a year.

Don't wait, pay for yourself

We offer this treatment at a fixed price at some of our facilities.
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  • The Portland Hospital Facility

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
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  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    HCA UK at The Wilmslow Hospital

    52-54 Alderley Road

    Wilmslow

    SK9 1NY

    Call 01625 545 036

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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