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This is a condition of childhood due to immature development of the Eustachian tubes, which run from the middle ear to the back of the nose. Most children will grow out of this late childhood, but some need treatment with Grommets during this period.


Small plastic tubes with a central hole, which drain the ear and allow air to enter the middle ear. Ear Drum.

The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic (in adults it can be performed under a local anaesthetic) as a day case.

Discharge Advice

  1. The ears are occasionally sore the day of the surgery. This can be treated with Panadol or Painstop.
  2. There may be some blood stained discharge for a day or two after the operation. If this persists, please contact your doctor.
  3. If Mr Grey has prescribed ear drops use as directed on prescription.
  4. While the grommets are in position, water must be kept out of the ear –otherwise it may cause ear infection.
  5. Swimming is permissible as long as ear plugs are used.
  6. The grommets last approximately 9 months, and then come out by themselves. The drum heals itself, although a very rarely permanent perforation may occur. This is more common with long-term grommets.
  7. Please make an appointment to see Mr Grey approximately 3 weeks after the surgery.

If you have any concerns after the operation, please call our rooms on 9388 7474.


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