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Has anyone done a stapedectomy ?

Has anyone done a stapedectomy ?

I havr: Many years ago i used to perform stapedectomies. I don't any longer because i don't see enough patients who are operative candidates to keep my skills sharp. I referred them to otologists now who perform the procedure much more frequently than i ever did. Remember, the more experience the surgeon has in performing surgery, the better the outcome. ...Read more

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What is stapedectomy/stapedotomy?

What is stapedectomy/stapedotomy?

Otosclerosis: Stapedectomy/stapedotomy is a procedure for Otosclerosis. In this condition, the stapes bone in the middle ear is fixed with bony overgrowth resulting in conductive hearing loss (preventing vibration from becoming a nerve signal). A portion of the stapes is removed and a hole is created with a drill or laser. An artificial piston is placed restoring conduction and hearing. ...Read more

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Post stapedectomy is it common to get sick often?

Not common: If you were in good health before stapedectomy and did not get sick often, you should not expect to get sick more often afterwards. ...Read more

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What can I expect from a stapedectomy/stapedotomy?

What can I expect from a stapedectomy/stapedotomy?

To hear better: stapedectomy/stapedotomy surgery typically has a very high rate of success in improving hearing loss in patients with otosclerosis. Common symptoms immediately following surgery include fullness in the ear, bloody discharge, some dizziness, and some pain in the ear. Some patients experience some alteration in their sense of taste as well. ...Read more

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After stapedectomy do you have problems when you catch a cold?

After stapedectomy do you have problems when you catch a cold?

You should not: What specific problem are you concerned about? I would make sure to discuss any concerns about how any medical issues might relate to a stapedectomy with your ent/ otologist. ...Read more

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Can you get an MRI two weeks after a stapedectomy?

Can you get an MRI two weeks after a stapedectomy?

Check with surgeon: If no metal, clips, or devices are part of the surgery than MRI is typically safe post-op. You need to receive clearance from your surgeon before you enter an MRI suite, particularly after middle ear surgery. ...Read more

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Can you get meningitis from a stapedectomy surgery?

Can you get meningitis from a stapedectomy surgery?

Unlikely: The areas involved in meningitis & such surgery are separated by layers of tissue. Such tissues form barriers to entry of germs. It is thus unlikely that such a complication would be part of the process. ...Read more

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15 day post stapedectomy fluctuating tinnitus exasperated by noise exposure, normal?

15 day post stapedectomy fluctuating tinnitus exasperated by noise exposure, normal?

Exasperated: Please repost and include the answer to your question given to you by the surgeon who actually performed the stapedectomy; or, if you haven't asked him/her - as (s)he seems the logical person to ask - please state why not. ...Read more

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I have had a stapedectomy in my right ear and I am flying tomorrow. I am unsure whether I am allowed to go through the new body scanners.

I have had a stapedectomy in my right ear and I am flying tomorrow. I am unsure whether I am allowed to go through the new body scanners.

Stapedectomy: Shouldn't be a problem. There is a tiny metal in the ear but probably too small to show. With MRI magnets that is different, but the scanner is X ray. ...Read more

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Stapedectomy 8y ago w/ great results. Now left ear's plugged 1 month after cold, audiogram 50 db in low freq (january were 10). Is otosclerosis back?

Stapedectomy 8y ago w/ great results. Now left ear's plugged 1 month after cold, audiogram 50 db in low freq (january were 10). Is otosclerosis back?

Probably not: I'm assuming the issues are with the operated ear, not the other ear. If the hearing decreased fairly rapidly with a cold and still feels plugged, and if your hearing loss is a conductive one (should be able to tell on audiogram), then it's likely fluid under the eardrum. If your ENT does not see any fluid, there could be a problem with the prosthesis having separated/eroded through the incus. ...Read more

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What is a stapendectomy for otosclerosis like?

Otosclerosis : Outpatient procedure done under local anesthesia with sedation to relax you. Takes about 30 minutes. Most common symptom after is dizziness which can be mild to severe and last a few days to a few weeks. Typically very successful surgery in improving hearing. ...Read more

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Who am i?

A little more: Your question will need to have a little more context in order to receive a meaningful answer. If it was meant to check if questions are answered here you have your answer. ...Read more

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Am I dying?

Am I dying?

We all are: A 3-word question with no details... well, life is short on Earth, regardless of whether a person lives 3 days, 3000 days, or 30,000 days. It is not length of one's life that matters, but the quality of the life lived. The goal is not to live a long life, but to live a good life. Even if a person makes it all the way to age 82, that's only 30,000 days. ...Read more

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I have cold?

I have cold?

Symptoms?: The most common symptoms of a cold are sneezing, running nose, congestion and scratchy throat. Additional symptoms can be coughing, headaches, mucus dripping down the back of the throat, loss of appetite and fever (in children). ...Read more

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I have cold?

I have cold?

Cold: Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea.. Fever/ pain – Acetaminophen / nsaid’s rest! ...Read more

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