A stapedectomy (say "stay-puh-DEK-tuh-mee") is surgery in your ear. It removes a small
bone, called the stapes, from the middle ear. The middle ear contains three
bones: the stapes, the incus, and the malleus. These bones help with hearing.
This surgery is done when the tissue around the stapes (say "STAY-peez")
hardens and prevents the stapes from working as it should. The doctor will replace
the stapes with a man-made stapes. This is called a prosthesis.
get medicine to make you sleep or feel relaxed during the surgery. You will not
feel pain. The doctor will use a microscope and place small surgical tools
through the opening in your ear canal to do the surgery. The doctor may use a
small piece of tissue from your ear to help attach the prosthesis and repair
the middle ear.
The surgery usually takes 1 to 2 hours. When it is done, the doctor will put foam packing or ointment in the outer ear
canal. The doctor will take this out 1 to 2 weeks after surgery.
You will probably go home from the hospital the same day. Most people are
able to go back to work or their normal routine in about 1 week. But if your
job requires strenuous activity or heavy lifting, you may need to take up to 4
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and
call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your
test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Surgery can be
stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of:
July 29, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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