What to expect after the operation?

The surgery is relatively painless and most children are back to their normal selves within a couple of hours after waking from anaesthesia. They are not aware of the presence of the grommet. If there is some discomfort this will respond well to simple pain control such as Calpol.

There may be some discharge from the ears which usually settles within a few days. Antibiotic drops are often prescribed to use for a few days to stop any discharge drying and blocking the grommet. 

A clinic check is needed 2 weeks after surgery to ensure that the grommet is functioning and that the hearing has recovered.