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What you need to know

A grommet (Ventilation Tube) is a small tube which is inserted after a small cut (Myringotomy) is made in the eardrum. Grommets allow the air to pass from the ear canal into the middle ear and helps to equalize the pressure on each side of the eardrum. They usually stay in for 6 to12 months.

How long will it take?

The operation takes about 20 to 30 minutes. This includes the anaesthetic, the operation and the time spent in the recovery room. Your child will be required to stay in the Day Unit for approximately two hours following surgery.

You can find out more about the grommets procedure in this information brochure.