Grommets insertion (glue ear treatment)

What is glue ear?

Glue ear is a condition in which the middle ear becomes filled with fluid, causing a loss of hearing and discomfort. It is most common among young children, but glue ear treatment in adults are also performed.

What does treatment involve?

The surgical solution to glue ear is the insertion of grommets, which are very small tubes used to drain away fluid and help maintain pressure in the ear cavity. The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic and takes about 15 minutes.

When will I recover?

Grommets remain in the ear for 9 to 15 months, draining fluid from the middle ear cavity. As the ear heals, the grommet is pushed out and will eventually drop out of it's own accord.

What risks should I know about?

The possible complications of any surgery can include an unexpected reaction to a general anaesthetic, excessive bleeding, developing a blood clot (usually in a vein in the lower leg, known as DVT - deep vein thrombosis) and infection. Signs of infection include uncontrolled pain, redness, swelling, oozing from wounds, and fever.