Before going ahead with grommets, there are certain questions you need to ask. If in doubt, consider getting a second opinion.
Make sure you fully understand the procedure; don’t be afraid to ask questions. It’s imperative your doctor explains the common risks and benefits, as well as those particular to your circumstances. Knowing all the relevant information is part of informed clinical consent.
Questions for your surgeon
- Is this procedure really needed at this time or can it wait?
- What are the likely consequences if I delay it?
- Is there anything I can do to improve the outcome?
- What are the likely out-of-pocket medical expenses? (Your doctor should be able to give you a breakdown of any costs you’ll incur – this is known as ‘Informed Financial Consent’) Learn about the costs
- Will there be an additional fee for an assistant surgeon? If so, what will it be?
- How should I prepare for the procedure?
- Will I have a choice of anaesthetist?
- Will I be able to meet with the anaesthetist before the day of the procedure?
- Will there be an additional fee for the anaesthetist? If so, what will it be?
- What happens during and after the procedure?
Your surgeon’s skills
- How many grommet procedures do you perform each year?
- What percentage of patients are satisfied with the results of the grommet procedures you perform?
- What is your complication rate for this procedure?
- How soon can I go back to work / my child go back to school, or travel?
- How long must the ear be kept dry after the procedure?
- Follow-up appointments (write down any questions or concerns you want to discuss with your surgeon).
Tell your doctor if you have any skin lesions, sores, cuts, or a raised temperature, as they’ll need to be treated before the procedure.
Your doctor will let you know which medication (if any) you should stop taking, or stop giving your child.
Don’t forget to mention any complementary or herbal remedies you’re taking, as these can have interactions and side effects too.
Questions for your anaesthetist
There'll be time before the procedure for you to speak with the anaesthetist and ask any questions.
- What type of anaesthesia are you planning to use?
- Will you be prescribing a pre-med? (Medication given before the anaesthetic to prevent nausea, reduce stomach acid or relax you)
- How will pain be managed after the procedure? (Your anaesthetist is responsible for this)
Print out this page to take to your appointment with your surgeon and anaesthetist.