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Microsuction is a safe, quick, minimally invasive technique to remove ear wax build-up in the ear canal.
Ear wax build-up can become a problem when it is pushed into the ear canal by objects such as cotton buds in an attempt to clean them. When wax is built up in the ear canal, problems with hearing, pain, and fullness can occur.
The safest way to remove ear wax build-up is to consult a medical professional, with microsuction being one of the quickest, most effective forms of removal. The procedure uses a miniature vacuum cleaner device which gently removes the wax through suction which the consultant can see through a microscope into the ear.
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Microsuction is a minimally invasive technique which is usually performed in the consulting room. The procedure involves the use of a microscope to provide a good view of the ear canal and a miniature vacuum cleaner device which gently removes the wax through suction. The procedure typically takes about five minutes.
Microsuction of the middle ear is an extremely safe and comfortable method of cleaning the ear which does not carry the same risk of trauma and infection that is associated with syringing techniques.
Typically, no further action is required after the treatment and patient can resume all normal activity immediately after the procedure.
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The treatment described on this page may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow your healthcare professional's advice and raise any questions that you may have with them.
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