Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery

Liverpool Day Surgery has been performing ENT surgery for over 20 years. We can perform a range of ENT procedures, but by far the most common procedure we do is the insertion and removal of grommets (middle-ear ventilation tubes). We have helped thousands of children with glue ear (otitis media with effusion) and recurrent acute otitis media, with the insertion and removal of grommets. We are licensed to admit children 12 months and older.

What is glue ear?

If otitis media with effusion (accumulation of fluid in the middle ear) has been present for three months or more, the condition is called glue ear. This fluid is often thick and sticky (hence the term “glue”). Many contributing factors are associated with glue ear, most commonly:

• Poor Eustachian tube function
• Children under the age of three
• A preceding ear infection
• The colder months
• Structural factors such as cleft palate

What is a Grommet?

Grommets are small tubes about the size of a match head that are placed in the eardrum to help treat recurrent otitis media and glue ear. Also called ventilating tubes , grommets allow air to flow into the middle ear, restoring an equal air pressure between the middle ear and the atmosphere, and allowing the glue to drain down the Eustachian tube or to be reabsorbed into the tissues.

This equalisation of pressure is important for good health and function of the middle ear and Eustachian tube.

What are the benefits of grommets?

• Improved hearing
• Improved behaviour in children
• Stopping or slowing damage
• Decreasing infections

ENT Procedures We Do

• Insertion and removal of grommets
• Removal of nasal polyps
• Tongue tie
• Resection of turbinates
• Ear irrigation (Ear toilet & Micro inspection)
• Nasal cautery

Dr Robert Chang has been working at Liverpool Day Surgery for over 20 years and has treated thousands of children with glue ear and other ear, nose and throat conditions. To make an appointment with Dr Chang you will need a referral from your GP. You can contact Dr Chang’s rooms on 02 9602-3397.

If your child is booked for a procedure at Liverpool Day Surgery and you are anxious about it please read our guide to having your child in hospital.