A stapedectomy treats a type of hearing loss known as otosclerosis. Otosclerosis is caused by the buildup of tiny calcium deposits on the inner ear’s small bones. These calcium deposits can cause stiffness in the middle ear, which prevents sound waves from moving freely through the ear canal. A stapedectomy is a surgical procedure that removes the stiffened bone and replaces it with a prosthetic piece to restore normal hearing. In some cases, a stapedectomy may even be able to reverse some of the hearing loss caused by otosclerosis.
The procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia in an outpatient setting and takes one to two hours.
What is the recovery time for Stapedectomy Surgery?
Recovery time varies depending on the patient, but most can return to normal activities within four to six weeks. Patients typically need follow-up visits with their ENT provider to ensure proper healing and a successful procedure. After the procedure, hearing should improve significantly, although some patients may experience minor ringing or tinnitus.
Who will benefit from Stapedectomy surgery?
People who suffer from otosclerosis can benefit significantly from having a stapedectomy surgery. The procedure restores hearing loss due to otosclerosis caused by the abnormal growth of bone in the middle ear. After this procedure, patients with severe or moderate hearing loss may significantly improve their sense of sound. Additionally, some people with mild hearing loss may also see a benefit from having this procedure done.
Are there any risks associated with Stapedectomy?
There are potential risks (as with any surgical procedure) with having a stapedectomy. The risks may include:
- damage to surrounding structures in the ear
- dizziness or vertigo
- tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
- facial nerve injury
- worsening of hearing or complete hearing loss
- eardrum perforation
Determine if Stapedectomy is right for you.
If you suffer from otosclerosis, your Western New York ENT doctor will provide more information regarding the risks and benefits and help determine if Stapedectomy is right for you.