Insertion of ear grommetsGlue ear can cause frustrating symptoms such as balance issues and persistent earaches.
If you are struggling with earaches and repeated ear infections, you may have a condition commonly known as glue ear. Glue ear is a condition in which fluid builds behind the ear drum. We work with an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) team that can support you with the insertion of ear grommets, which are small plastic or metal tubes to allow air into your ear and prevent further build up.
A speedy procedure to relieve painful glue ear symptoms
Following your initial consultation and examination, your Consultant will remove the fluid from your ear drum by suction before placing the small grommet into your ear. This is a very quick procedure, which usually takes around 20 minutes, meaning you are free to go home the same day and carry on with your usual activities.
You can book an initial consultation at either one of our facilities below. If you need a procedure or treatment for an ear infection or glue ear, this will be carried out at KIMS Hospital in Maidstone.
KIMS Hospital, Maidstone
Sevenoaks Medical Centre
Prices & payment
Contact our friendly enquiries team for pricing.
The above are guide prices only.
Where will my procedure take place?
Regardless of where you had your initial consultation, the insertion of ear grommets takes place at KIMS Hospital in Maidstone. Most outpatient appointments, including follow up appointments with your Consultant, can take place at either KIMS Hospital or Sevenoaks Medical Centre.
What does the insertion of ear grommets involve?
The grommet insertion operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and takes around 20 minutes. A small hole will be made in the ear drum so the fluid can be removed by suction (a myringotomy), before the small tube (grommet) is placed into the hole.
How do I protect my ear after the procedure?
You should not swim for six weeks after the procedure to minimise ear infections. Your Consultant will give you further advice on how to protect the ear and aid recovery.
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Our team are on hand to help answer any queries you might have about coming to KIMS Hospital or Sevenoaks Medical Centre. You can use the form below and one of our team will be in touch. Alternatively to speak to a member of our friendly team, please call 01622 237 500 between 8am-8pm Monday to Friday.
If you would like to book an appointment, you can use the form below and one of our team will be in touch.
Alternatively to speak to a member of our friendly team, please call 01622 237 500 between 8am-8pm Monday to Friday.
Please be aware, if you are requesting a diagnostic scan such as an MRI, or CT, you must have a referral from a relevant clinician or Allied Health professional such as a physiotherapist.