Adult Grommet Surgery
What is grommet surgery?
Grommet surgery treats the condition of Glue Ear. Glue Ear is caused by a build-up of thick fluid in the middle ear canal and can cause temporary deafness. A small tube is inserted into the ear to prevent fluid from being able to collect.
What are the symptoms?
- Hearing loss
- Ear pain
- Ringing in the ears
How is a Glue Ear diagnosed?
A doctor will use a light and magnifying scope to perform a painless ear examination.
What happens during a glue ear procedure?
The patient will undergo a general anaesthetic. A small incision is made in the eardrum to allow any collected fluid to drain from the ear. Once clear, a small tube called a grommet is inserted across the eardrum to allow air into the middle ear.
How long is the recovery?
It normally takes a few days to recover from adult grommet surgery. As the surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic, patients cannot drive themselves home when they leave the hospital.