- 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.