Stapedectomy

The surgical removal of the stapes and insertion of a prosthesis — was first introduced at Mount Sinai in the 1950s. At Mount Sinai we perform many stapedectomy operations each year, with excellent results. An alternative to stapedectomy is the use of a hearing aid. No medication has proven effective.

In stapedectomy, the doctor uses a microscope to see the small bones of the inner ear. Entering through the natural opening in your ear, your doctor makes an incision, moves your eardrum out of the way, and separates the stapes from the incus bone before removing the stapes.

Next we insert a prosthesis made of plastic or wire in place of the stapes. The prosthesis conducts sound vibrations to your inner ear, restoring hearing. Some fatty tissue, taken from a small incision behind the ear, will be used to seal the surgical opening. The eardrum is moved back into place at the end of the procedure.

Stapedectomy is successful in restoring hearing in more than 90 percent of cases, and the gain in hearing is usually permanent. In a small number of cases, there is no improvement in hearing. There is a very small chance (~2 percent) that hearing will be lost to the point that a hearing aid may not be useful. Other risks include dizziness, which rarely lasts more than one week, and taste alteration, which usually recovers fully.

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