Posted by: mom | 2010-10-04

operation: grommits


what are the fatality stats of the op?
how safe is it?
whats the best type of Anaesthesia to use on kids under 3?


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Dear Mom

Insertion of grommets is most common operation performed worldwide, and in the child that needs them, they are essential to their normal future developement. It is well documented that children who suffer with their hearing in early childhood, lack certain learning/listening skills at the age of 5 to 6 years old, ususally when they start school. (only if the problem is ignored).
I am not aware of any fatalities due to the insertion of the grommets, this is concidered a minor surgical procedure, but obviously the general condition of the patient is important, as the choice of anaesthetic will be guided by this.Fatalities may have occured for reasons other than the surgery, ie general medical conditions, etc, but I am not aware of any. In general, anaesthetic used today is far safer than in the past, as newer drugs are available, and the side effects have decreased dramatically.
Only the aneathetist may decide on what your child requires, so they can make that decision regarding what to use after seeing your child.
You may ask your ENT who the anaethetist will be, and you should contact the practise to ask your questions if you still feel unsure. As a parent, one is obviously worried about these things, but you will not do your child a favour in the long run if you do not go ahead if he/she needs the grommets, as failure to do so will have a negative effect on the future developement of your child.


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