Grommets & Ventilation tubes Surgery

Grommets or ventilation tubes are placed when there has been longstanding middle ear fluid or glue. This surgery relieves the middle ear fluid therefore pressure and restores normal physiology.

Surgery in children is done under general anaesthesia and in adults under local anaesthesia. Surgery takes approximately 10 minutes and is a day surgical procedure. Child is back to full activity the next day.

Improved hearing, reduced need for repeated courses of antibiotics, reduction in pressure and pain from ear infections are the main benefits.


Normal ear drum

Normal ear drum


Ear infection

Ear infection


Grommets in place & eardrum back to normal

Grommets in place & eardrum back to normal


Murali Mahadevan

Specialist ENT Surgeon

For all enquiries and appointments call (09) 925 4050

Gillies Hospital & Clinic
160 Gillies Avenue
Epsom, Auckland 1005

Facsimile: (09) 925 4051

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