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Re: Stapedectormy
Apr 30, 2004
Caz, I can't remember the amount I tried back in the 80s' but it was so much that I would get intestinal pains so bad, I ended up dropping it.

Then later I decided to try Florical, which is sold over the counter, (but you usually have to have the drug store order it for you). Florical is sold here in the US and is made by Mericon Industries, Inc., of Peoria, Illinois. Each capsul is 364 mg of Calcium Carbonate, and 8.3 mg of Sodium Fluoride. The calcium and fluoride work together, in theory anyway, to allow proper absorption into the bone.

The standard intake is one capsule per day but for Otosclerosis, I think they said to take up to 3 per day, but don't hold me to this.

At any rate, I found my system could really handle this brand and combination much better than the other ones I tried. I have since more or less stopped using it. No apparent reason, just felt it was a lot of money so spend and I never did see (hear) any results.

Hope this helps.

Re: Stapedectormy
Aug 19, 2005
Hi, All you stapedectomy vets,
I'm one, too, and new to this forum. I've been happy to read that most folks had successful operations, but I'm in that approximately 1 percent of people whose hearing has decreased as a result of the operation. From a 30 to 50 decibel loss in the right ear pre-op, to a 40 to 60 decibel loss, along with complete loss at the highest frequencies. Fortunately, I have good hearing in the left ear, so I'm not in too bad shape.
My operation was on April 25, 2005, in Sacramento, California, with Kevin McKennan, who has done more stapedectomies than any other surgeon in Northern California. According to everything I've read, only about 1% of people experience complete deafness as a result of the operation, while 1% or so have worse hearing, about 90% have improved hearing and the rest have no change.
I just had a CT scan on Tuesday and it looks as if the prosthesis is probably positioned correctly and everything else looks pretty good in there. The doc's best guess is that I probably have fixation of the maleus bone that he did not detect during the operation. He's encouraging me to have revision surgery. But since he's said that this has a 5 to 10% chance of complete deafness, while only a 50 to 80% chance of success, I am pretty convinced that this is an option I will not even consider.
So now my questions: has anyone out there experienced revision surgery? Also -- is anyone out there who has otosclerosis using hearing aids? If so, what are they like?
Also -- some comments re sodium fluoride. I've been reading all the posts on this subject with great interest, because when I was first diagnosed with otosclerosis in 1979 (I was 27 and had just had a baby), I took it for a year, or maybe two. I did not notice any side effects, and I have often thought that it possibly slowed the progression of the disease, and maybe even kept my left ear free of it. (knock on wood!!) So although this treatment is out of favor in the US, I have yet to find any definitive study on it. So, as some of you have said, "it can't hurt and it might even help."

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