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What is Stapedectomy?

Stapes bone is responsible for amplifying the sound waves in the hearing process. Due to otosclerosis and congenital defect or injury, stapes bone can be damaged and can become fixed rather than being normally mobile. Due to this one can suffer from conductive hearing loss and to treat and prevent it, surgery is recommended called a stapedectomy. Stapedectomy is a surgical procedure where the damaged stapes bone is removed and replaced with a micro prosthesis.

ENT doctors or ear specialists at Pristyn Care, Pune are well-experienced and trained in performing stapedectomy with minimal risks.

What is Otosclerosis?

Otosclerosis is one of the inherited disorders where stapes bone is immobile and doesn't amplify the sound waves. Due to this, you can suffer from conductive hearing loss. Stapes bone is one of the three small bones that are connected to the eardrum to help amplify the sound waves and in otosclerosis, this bone is fixed in a single position and doesn't move. To get treated for hearing loss caused due to otosclerosis, you can consult with the best and expert ENT doctors or otologists at Pristyn Care, Pune.

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Overview

Stapedectomy-Overview
Risks
  • Infection
  • Injury to the facial nerve
  • Sensitivity to loud noise
  • Tinnitus
  • Vertigo
  • Changes in taste
Why Painless Treatment?
  • No Pain | No Stitches | No Scars
  • 30 - 45 min Procedure
  • 24hr Hospitalization
  • Faster recovery with no pain
Don’t Delay Advanced Treatment
  • Get fast recovery treatment
  • Fewer chances of complication
  • Best healthcare experience
Why Pristyn Care?
  • 30% off on diagnostic tests
  • Confidential consultation
  • Single deluxe room
  • Free follow-ups post-surgery
  • 100% insurance claim
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Treatment

Diagnosis

ENT doctors or rhinologists at Pristyn Care, Pune use advanced and latest diagnostic tests to rule out the presence of other diseases, disorders, medical conditions, and/or health problems that can cause similar symptoms as otosclerosis and malformed or abnormal stapes bone. Audiogram [measure hearing sensitivity] and tympanogram [middle-ear sound conduction] are recommended by our ENT doctors to confirm that the otosclerosis is causing the conductive hearing loss by fixation of the stapes bone. Our ENT doctors also suggest undergoing a few advanced imaging tests like CT scans. To check movement or vibration of stapes bone, a tympanometer [a small device used to look at the movement of the bones within the ear] is used.

If you think you have conductive hearing loss due to otosclerosis, you can visit Pristyn Care, Pune to get diagnosed and treated by highly experienced ENT doctors at an affordable cost.

Surgery

Stapedectomy is recommended by several ENT doctors in Pune to treat or prevent the conductive hearing loss caused as a result of otosclerosis and/or immobility of stapes bone. Otologists or ENT doctors at Pristyn Care perform stapedectomy at an affordable price using USFDA approved surgical techniques and medical devices.

However, before undergoing stapedectomy, general anesthesia is administered to you to avoid any pain or discomfort throughout the surgery. Once you fall asleep, all your vital signs like blood pressure, heartbeat, respiratory rate, and blood oxygen levels are monitored throughout the surgery.

A microscope is used to check the inner structure of your ear. After evaluation, an incision is made in the ear canal to lift the eardrum from the middle ear. Now, the three small bones in the ear are evaluated and checked by our ENT doctors. Once the stapes bone is identified and checked whether it can vibrate or not, our doctors remove the damaged or immobile stapes and replace it with artificial stapes. Later, the incision made is closed, and a package is placed in the ear.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is stapedectomy in Pune covered under insurance?

Yes, most insurance providers cover stapedectomy surgery as it is necessary for the treatment of hearing loss due to stapes damage or disorder. If you are unsure about the ENT surgeries covered in your insurance policy, you should consult your insurance provider.

How is a stapedectomy performed?

A stapedectomy is performed under either general or local anesthesia and is not painful at all. The surgeon creates an incision to move the eardrum out of the way and access the damaged/degenerated stapes bone. The stapes is then disconnected from the incus bone, removed, and replaced with a prosthetic made of either metal or plastic. The incision is closed and the patient is sent to the recovery ward. The entire procedure takes about 90-120 minutes, and patients are usually discharged on the same day within a few hours of the surgery.

Which conditions are treated through a stapedectomy?

Stapedectomy is one of the safest and most effective treatments for otosclerosis, a degenerative condition that ossifies the stapes bone, hardening it and leading to hearing loss.

What are the different kinds of stapedectomy implants?

A stapedectomy implant can be made of a variety of materials such as Teflon memory effect, platinum and gold band, titanium-gold clip, or nickel-titanium alloy. Generally, the type of implant for the surgery is based on the surgeon’s experience and expertise with a specific type of prostheses, the surgical technique being used, the patient’s budget and preference, etc.

What kind of surgery is provided at Pristyn Care for stapedectomy in Pune?

At Pristyn Care, we provide minimally invasive microscopic and laser surgery for successful stapedectomy in Pune without any complications.

How can a Pristyn Care coordinator help me during my stapedectomy in Pune?

When you connect with us for stapedectomy in Pune. Our care coordinator will be responsible for booking your appointment, collecting your medical and insurance records and forwarding those to the doctor and insurance team, etc. The care coordinator will also handle your hospital admission and discharge processes.

How long does it take to hear after a stapedectomy?

Normally, for most patients, faint hearing comes back within 1 week of the surgery, but it may take 2-4 weeks for there to be a noticeable improvement in their hearing. In 90% of the cases, this improved hearing function is permanent.

How many days will I have to skip work after a stapedectomy?

Stapedectomy is usually performed in outpatient surgery, i.e., there is no hospitalization required and most patients can rejoin work within 2-4 days of the procedure. You may have to wait a little longer if your work is physically straining.

When does a stapedectomy become necessary?

A stapedectomy is usually performed for otosclerosis, a genetic condition that leads to the hardening and fusing of the stapes bone. Additionally, it is also considered for patients who have a congenital stapes abnormality or a fracture of the stapes from a traumatic incident.

What can I expect during the recovery period after a stapedectomy?

Usually, the surgery is performed under local anesthesia to reduce the chances of anesthesia-related risks, and patients are discharged on the same day once the surgeon is sure there are no postoperative complications. Once you are discharged, it may take about 4-6 weeks for you to regain your hearing. You can improve your recovery after stapedectomy by following the given tips:

  • If you have any blood or discharge from your ear, you can place cotton balls there to absorb it. You should also take the antibiotics and painkillers as prescribed by your doctor to ensure there is no infection. If needed, you can take antibiotic drops for your ear.
  • Keep the operated ear dry. While showering or taking bath, wrap it using cotton balls and vaseline. Avoid swimming and submerging your ear under water during the recovery period as well.
  • Avoid flying until your ear has healed. Make sure to get approval from your ENT doctor before going on a plane as the change in air pressure can dislodge the implant if it hasn’t healed sufficiently yet.
  • Do not use earbuds, earplugs, earphones, etc. till your ear is completely healed.
  • Avoid blowing your nose for a few days after the surgery as it can strain the surgical site. Do not lift heavy weights or perform stressful exercises.

What are the risks of stapedectomy surgery?

While stapedectomy is usually safe, in rare cases, it can be associated with complications such as:

  • Damage or perforation of the eardrum
  • Incomplete or partial dislocation and depression of stapes footplate
  • Dizziness and nausea
  • Injury to the facial nerve leading to facial paralysis
  • Increased risk of ear infection
  • Temporary distortion of the sense of taste (Dysgeusia or Parageusia)
  • Failure of prosthesis/incus necrosis
  • Loss of hearing regarding high-frequency sounds

At Pristyn Care, we have expert doctors working in advanced treatment facilities to ensure there are no complications, and if there are any complications, they can be managed in due time. Book an appointment for advanced stapedectomy surgery in Pune today.

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