What is stapedectomy surgery?

Through a surgery called stapedectomy, a surgeon removes all or part of the original stapes bone and replaces it with an artificial device. The result allows sound waves to be sent once again to the inner ear for hearing.

Why would you need a stapedectomy?

A stapedectomy is a type of ear surgery performed to treat otosclerosis-related hearing loss. The bone buildup of this condition keeps the stapes (stirrup bone) from properly moving and this results in conductive hearing loss.

What is the success rate of stapedectomy?

Stapedectomy is a surgical intervention and thus has more associated risks than hearing aid use. However, stapedectomy has a success rate of more than 90%,2 and most serious complications occur at a rate below 1%.

What is the difference between stapedectomy and Stapedotomy?

Stapedectomy or Stapedotomy? What’s the Difference? Compared to a stapedectomy, a stapedotomy includes the use of a laser to make a precise hole (fenestration) in the stapes footplate. While a stapedectomy typically removes the entire stapes footplate and has it replaced with a micro prosthesis.

Is a stapedectomy painful?

Is the stapedectomy considered a painful operation? Generally, a stapedectomy is not a very painful operation. Medication may be needed for a few days after the surgery.

How do you sleep after stapedectomy?

Rest when you feel tired. Getting enough sleep will help you recover. For the first week, sleep with your head up by using two or three pillows. You can also try to sleep with your head up in a reclining chair.

Are you put to sleep for stapedectomy?

The surgery is usually performed on an out-patient basis and takes about an hour. It is performed with sedation or general anesthesia. In most cases, the operation is completed by working through the ear canal with a microscope or endoscope.

What can you not do after stapedectomy?

For 1 week after surgery, avoid sudden head movements and bending over. These actions may cause dizziness. Avoid strenuous activities, such as bicycle riding, jogging, weight lifting, or aerobic exercise, for about 2 to 4 weeks or until your doctor says it is okay.