Paracentesis & inserting grommets. Two basic operations for treating disorders of the ear.
Paracentesis and inserting grommets do not represent for us in our work separate medical services in isolation. As a rule we carry them out as precursors to more extensive special surgical interventions on the ear, or to accompany or optimise these.
Only when the skill and instrument pre-conditions are met can an eardrum incision be considered, for example, to deal with middle ear effusion requiring surgery, and to provide relief for the ear. The eardrum incision is performed through the ear canal and measures only a few millimeters .
The grommet represents another means, quite unlike the eardrum incision, for solving ear problems. A grommet is considered when the tympanic cavity, that is, the middle ear, receives inadequate ventilation from the auditory tube. In ENT medicine, we also use the technical term tuba eustachii for the auditory tube. The period for which a grommet must stay in the ear depends on the individual diagnosis and stage of the healing process.