The stapes bone can be replaced with an implant to restore normal hearing with an outpatient surgical procedure called stapedectomy. This procedure is performed by making a small incision in the ear canal or just behind the ear. Best results from this specialized ear surgery require extensive surgeon experience available at our center.
Surgery takes approximately one hour, with most patients ready to leave 3 hours after arrival. No bandages are used. There is little discomfort (Pain score: 1/10 for the first two days), which resolves quickly. Dizziness is not uncommon for the first 24 hours. Hearing gradually improves over several weeks.
Normal activity can be resumed after 1 to 2 days, but heavy lifting or straining should be avoided for one week. Any sutures used are absorbable and do not need removal.
Out of town patients are cleared for travel in 2 days. Follow up with an ENT specialist is necessary 6 to 9 weeks after surgery with a hearing test.
For more information about the treatment of otosclerosis, contact Northwest ENT Surgery Center at (678) 483-8833.