Stapes or stirrup operation
A surgery via the ear canal to treat otosclerosis. The upper section of the diseased stapes bone will be removed and a prosthesis will be inserted to improve hearing.


Otorhinolaryngology, head en neck surgery


  • Wash your hair the day before the operation.


  • During the operation the upper section of the diseased stapes bone is removed and the fixed footplate is opened up. This procedure can be used to treat otosclerosis.
  • A prosthesis is placed in the opening of the footplate and attached to the long process of the incus.
  • This operation improves the transmission of sound vibrations via the ossicular chain to the cochlea, resulting in better hearing.
  • The operation is performed via the ear canal under local or general anaesthetic. It requires on average 2 days in hospital.

After the operation

  • Try to rest as much as possible.
  • Do not lift, push, expel air forcefully, blow your nose or cough for a period of 4 weeks.
  • Do not fly for a period of 2 months.
  • Keep the ear free from water during 3 months.
  • Postoperative appointments must be attended.
  • You should contact your ENT physician immediately in the event of fever, pus emanating from the ear, increasing dizziness or sudden increase of hearing loss.
  • In the beginning oversensitivity to noise and a feeling of instability may occur.
  • The final result in terms of hearing is to be expected after a period of 6 months.


Last edit: 5 February 2024