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Myringotomy +/- Aspiration


A myringotomy is a procedure in which your doctor creates a small hole in the eardrum so fluids such as water, blood, or pus can drain out. In many cases, your doctor will put in a tube so it won't get backed up again. 




  • Secretory otitis media

  • Eustachian tube dysfunction

  • Acute otitis media


Intended Benefits and Expected Outcome


  • To normalize the middle ear pressure

  • To drain the middle ear

  • Hearing improvement

  • There is chance of incomplete relief of symptoms and recurrence after extrusion of the grommet


The Procedure


The operation is done under local or general anaesthesia. Under the microscope, a small incision is made over the eardrum and the middle ear fluid is aspirated. A ventilation tube may be inserted to allow  ventilation of the middle ear.


Common risks and complications (≧1% risk)


  • Recurrence

  • Infection

  • Bleeding

  • Residual eardrum perforation


Uncommon risks with serious consequences (<1% risk)


  • Hearing loss

  • Vertigo

  • Facial nerve damage

  • Dislodgement of ventilation tube into middle ear

  • Implantation Cholesteatoma

  • Death due to serious surgical and anaesthetic complications 


Before the procedure


Inform your doctor of any medical condition and any medications you are taking. The medications may need to be adjusted as appropriate. 


After the procedure


Small amount of blood stained ear discharge is normal. Please keep your ear dry.


*This is general information only and the list of complications is not exhaustive. Other unforeseen complications may occasionally occur. In special patient groups, the actual risk may be different. For further information please contact your doctor.




Myringotomy +/- Aspiration

(Under M.A.C. or G.A.)

The above fee covers:


Surgeon's Fee

Operation Theatre Fee

Anaesthetist's Fee

Miscellaneous Fee





Package Price



For examination or operation marked with "Under MAC or GA"/"Under GA"/"Under MAC" on this price list includes an anaesthesiologist's cost. If the procedure excludes an anaesthesiologist's cost, but any methods of anaesthetic and/or monitored anaesthetic care is required by the attending doctor, the centre will assign the anaesthesia bill to the patient as an additional payment. The Package Price of Day-case Otorhinolaryngological Endoscopy and Surgery covers  Surgeon's Fee, Operation Theatre Fee, Instrument Fee, Pathology Fee (if necessary), Report, Post-operative Medication Fee, other miscellaneous charges during the procedure and Post-operative Consultation Fee (1 session). The Surgery Package in the consultation room excludes Follow-up consultation.


*The price listed are for reference only. Prices are subject to change without prior notice.