"My father will go through an operation on his ear."

This is the sentence. Is this correct?

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    @CopperKettle: Grammatical, maybe, but certainly not idiomatic. As Khan points out, undergo/have are valid "alternatives". I'd go a bit further and say they're both "natural" usages, whereas go through in this context would be extremely unusual phrasing. – FumbleFingers Jul 20 '15 at 16:10
  • @FumbleFingers - thank you! I focused on on and slurred over the go through. – CowperKettle Jul 20 '15 at 16:11
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    @CopperKettle: FWIW, there are more written instances of he had an ear operation than there are of he had an operation on his ear. (As it happens, I've had dozens of them myself, so I incline to the shorter form just to save my breath when mentioning them in conversation! :) – FumbleFingers Jul 20 '15 at 16:18

The sentence sounds correct grammatically. Alternatively, you can use undergo or simply have. My father will undergo/have an operation on his ear.

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