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Re: Stapedectormy
Jul 13, 2003
Hey Everyone,

Well, I am approaching week 2 after the Stapedectomy. I am still experiencing occasional bouts of vertigo. Also, my hearing is very strange. It's like I have a "muffled amplifier" in my head. I hear things very loudly, but they are muffled. Now and then, things get very LOUD and CLEAR, then "shut off" again. Has anyone else had similar experiences? I suppose I just didn't quite know what to expect, post-op. Any info would be very much appreciated.

Thankfully, tinnitus (sp) is very limited. Just a little bit of "ringing" after a car ride or shower.

Back to work tomorrow. It's summer so it will be just the secretary, the custodians, and me...not too much chaos as I attempt to re-submerge myself in the world of primary academia.

CA
Re: Stapedectormy
Jul 13, 2003
[quote]Originally posted by CA Warfield:
[b]Hey Everyone,

Well, I am approaching week 2 after the Stapedectomy. I am still experiencing occasional bouts of vertigo. Also, my hearing is very strange. It's like I have a "muffled amplifier" in my head. I hear things very loudly, but they are muffled. Now and then, things get very LOUD and CLEAR, then "shut off" again. Has anyone else had similar experiences? I suppose I just didn't quite know what to expect, post-op. Any info would be very much appreciated.

Thankfully, tinnitus (sp) is very limited. Just a little bit of "ringing" after a car ride or shower.

Back to work tomorrow. It's summer so it will be just the secretary, the custodians, and me...not too much chaos as I attempt to re-submerge myself in the world of primary academia.

CA [/b][/quote]

Re: Stapedectormy
Jul 13, 2003
Let me try that again;

I just had a Stapedectomy this past Thursday and so far everything appears normal. I was diagnosed with Oto about two years after many years of denial and gradual hearing loss. I finally found the courage to have the sugery.

I have had very little surgical pain, but still have the dreadful tinnitus in the operated ear. I did hear through all the packing today...quite exciting!! I have my first post op exam on this Thursday. So far I have no regrets, my hearing loss was beginning to effect both my family and work. I will keep you posted
Re: Stapedectormy
Feb 15, 2004
Zip,

My appt went good! I first saw the audiologist and my diagnosis is otosclerosis in my left ear. In my right ear my db is 5 and my left ear it's 55. Which I guess concludes that I have a 'moderate hearing loss'. I then saw a dr. in his 7th year of residency. He was younger but extremely thorough and informative. I brought a huge long list of questions and he let me ask all of them....very patient!! Then I saw the actual surgeon who would be performing the stapedectomy and he talked to me for while also. They said they could either use Twilight (Conscious sedation) or General Anesthesia. I was leaning toward the Twilight because I've never had General and it's a quicker recovery and you still don't remember anything. Although, the dr. said w/ my case, since I have narrow ear canals, he said it would be more comfortable on me and easier to do w/ general. I guess they have to use more pressure or something to get their microscope or drill or whatever into the narrow opening. Doesn't sound great! I hope they don't have to rip the cartilage or break any bones !!! I'm aware of all the yuckiness post-op. Lots of dizziness, weird hearing through packing, all that good stuff. But hopefully it will be tolerable. He told me to take 10 days off of work, no flying for 3 weeks, no blowing nose, sneezing w/ mouth open, sleeping w/ extra pillows, sleep on side, not flat on back. And that I will never ever be able to scuba dive.

I scheduled to have the surgery April 8th. I'm scared but want it over with and wish for good results w/o any unexpected surprises! My whole issue is that I'm ready to start trying to have a baby and wasn't sure if I should do surgery before or after due to the pregnancy causing rapid spread of the otosclerosis. The dr. couldn't tell me either way. He said it wouldn't make any difference if I had the surgery before or after because he could still get me back to the hearing that I am capable of either way, even if the oto gets worse, since my nerve conduction is ok. But it's my understanding that if the oto spreads to the inner ear (nerve area), there's no fixing that ever, even w/ hearing aids whether I have the stapedectomy or not. I've decided to have it done before I get pregnant, just to get it out of the way! And so I can hopefully hear for a little while!

He prescribed me to take Monocal (Fluoride supplement). I'm a little weary of taking this not knowing long term effects. It sounds scary messing w/ your bones and teeth! I have well water w/o fluoride and had very well water as a child also so my mom thinks I'll be o.k. And the dr. says it's a low dose. But reading these boards I see a lot of problems w/it. What about when I become pregnant? Are there any side effects even after I stop taking them?

Thanks,
Jodi
Re: Stapedectormy
Feb 15, 2004
Hi Jodimarie,

I just had a stapedectomy a few weeks ago. I had the same reservations as you currently do. I am happy to report that so far all has gone well. It has changed my life. I did have some very weird things going on for about 3 weeks post surgery. I was scared to death, but they all have pretty much subsided. My hearing has gotten better with each day.

I should mention that it is very true about it getting worse after pregnancy. I unfortunately had 2 miscarriages. Although I was only pregnant for about 8 weeks each time my otosclerosis got MUCH worse afterwards. I had a [B]significant increase in hearing loss over the one year period of the pregnancies.

I finally decided to have the surgery because we are planning to adopt a child from Russia. I thought it might be important to hear he/she!!!!!

Best wishes for your surgery. I really think you will be happy with the outcome.


Dina

[QUOTE=jodimarie75]Zip,

My appt went good! I first saw the audiologist and my diagnosis is otosclerosis in my left ear. In my right ear my db is 5 and my left ear it's 55. Which I guess concludes that I have a 'moderate hearing loss'. I then saw a dr. in his 7th year of residency. He was younger but extremely thorough and informative. I brought a huge long list of questions and he let me ask all of them....very patient!! Then I saw the actual surgeon who would be performing the stapedectomy and he talked to me for while also. They said they could either use Twilight (Conscious sedation) or General Anesthesia. I was leaning toward the Twilight because I've never had General and it's a quicker recovery and you still don't remember anything. Although, the dr. said w/ my case, since I have narrow ear canals, he said it would be more comfortable on me and easier to do w/ general. I guess they have to use more pressure or something to get their microscope or drill or whatever into the narrow opening. Doesn't sound great! I hope they don't have to rip the cartilage or break any bones !!! I'm aware of all the yuckiness post-op. Lots of dizziness, weird hearing through packing, all that good stuff. But hopefully it will be tolerable. He told me to take 10 days off of work, no flying for 3 weeks, no blowing nose, sneezing w/ mouth open, sleeping w/ extra pillows, sleep on side, not flat on back. And that I will never ever be able to scuba dive.

I scheduled to have the surgery April 8th. I'm scared but want it over with and wish for good results w/o any unexpected surprises! My whole issue is that I'm ready to start trying to have a baby and wasn't sure if I should do surgery before or after due to the pregnancy causing rapid spread of the otosclerosis. The dr. couldn't tell me either way. He said it wouldn't make any difference if I had the surgery before or after because he could still get me back to the hearing that I am capable of either way, even if the oto gets worse, since my nerve conduction is ok. But it's my understanding that if the oto spreads to the inner ear (nerve area), there's no fixing that ever, even w/ hearing aids whether I have the stapedectomy or not. I've decided to have it done before I get pregnant, just to get it out of the way! And so I can hopefully hear for a little while!

He prescribed me to take Monocal (Fluoride supplement). I'm a little weary of taking this not knowing long term effects. It sounds scary messing w/ your bones and teeth! I have well water w/o fluoride and had very well water as a child also so my mom thinks I'll be o.k. And the dr. says it's a low dose. But reading these boards I see a lot of problems w/it. What about when I become pregnant? Are there any side effects even after I stop taking them?

Thanks,
Jodi[/QUOTE]
Re: Stapedectormy
Apr 17, 2004
Hi All,

Well it is now 17 days post laser stapedectomy surgery. Maybe I am expecting too much too soon, but thus far, I am disappointed. I went back to the doctor yesterday because my ear still feels plugged and the hearing is not right. Sounds are way too lound, they shriek, shrill, and they sound garbled and hollow like I am in a cave. I had a hearing test and it showed little change and even a drop in hearing since pre-op. I now have both a low and high frequency hearing loss. Before, I had only a low frequency loss. What is weird is that even though my hearing tests did not look good, most sounds are much louder. I am having to wear an ear plug when I drive or when I am around loud noise. Even loud talking bothers me. Closing a door, dropping something on the floor, or even running the water in the sink bother me as too lound and hurts my ear.

I also have more tinnitus in my operated ear for I can now hear what sounds like my blood flowing and my pulse in my ear.

The doctor said he was not surprised by the results because it is too soon. He said to give it more time. When questioned, he assured me the surgery went just fine, and he had no complicatons. He does one to two stapedectomy operations a week.

Again, any one else have all of these symptoms even after 17 days out?

Jodi, to answer your questions. I ended up holding a glass over my ear when I showered and washed my hair. It worked great. I also was told to sleep with my operated ear up and at a 30 degree angle for the first couple of nights. And no, they did not give me antibiotics to take. Only pain pills if needed. What was great was that I never felt dizzy after the operation, and never really had much pain. I took one pain pill the first night and that was it.

John
Re: Stapedectormy
May 1, 2004
Hi all,

I am a 26 year old female and had stapedectomy (local anaesthesia)on April 8th in Shanghai, China. It is now 23 days post-op and everything seems worse than pre-op.

Actually the hearing improved dramatically during the surgery despite of the terrible sound of drilling and knocking (I kept awaken and guessing what they were doing on my poor ear)as well as some slight dizziness. I was expecting a wonderful improvement after the operation...but things were so disappointing. Although I hadn't experienced any dizziness, vertigo, headache or nausea, sounds are not LOUD, either. At first I thought it was because of the packing in the ear canal, but there was almost no improvement after the packing was taken out. Then I supposed that the lack of progress was due to blood clots, but they were cleared ... the hearing of the operated ear is still worse than the other one.

Pre-op there were otosclerosis bilateral of almost the same degree, but now the non-operated ear is obviously the better one. The Dr. said the wounds are recovering quite well (they cut through my ear canal), but she said she could not tell what happened behind the eardrum. A fork was used to test my hearing immediately after the packing was taken out, and seemed I can heard better than before. But the hearing decreased the next day and hasn't recovered till now.

I saw many people experienced annoying loud noise after their stapedectomy. I'm just wondering whether there's anyone who has the same problems as I do. Should I be a little bit more patient, since the Dr. asked me to have a hearing test on May 15th? What should I expect during this period?

Regards,

Piscean
Re: Stapedectormy
Nov 23, 2005
Hello everyone,

I have Otosclerosis and I did a lot of reading (including this board) before making the decision to go ahead with Stapedectomy. I had it done 10 days ago and now I am suspecting that the procedure has been a failure. Those of you who have undergone the procedure, please read and let me know what you think.

I had a stapedectomy done on 11/14/05 on my left ear. Before the procedure, bone conduction was in the range of 20-40dB for frequencies between 500-4000Hz.

The surgery was performed under general anesthesia. About 2 hours after surgery, I was able to hear "tunnel voices" through my operated ear. When I rubbed by outer ear, I could clearly hear amplified sounds in my operated ear. But I also had severe dizziness. I could barely move my head in bed without getting dizzy. There was also some metallic taste in one side of my mouth.

Due to my dizziness (which caused nausea as well), I was admitted as an inpatient. I was given some valium and nausea medications. After a day, they let me leave the hospital. One day after I returned home, the dizziness became much worse. I went to see my surgeon and he asked me to check into the hospital again. I was kept there for another 2 days and was given some steroids (I think for anti-inflammation in my ear).

2 or 3 days after surgery, while I was in the hospital, a CT scan and an audiogram were done (to test for conductive loss in operated ear). CT scan seemed to indicate that the prosthesis is in place. Aduiogram showed that bone conduction improved by about 10-15dB in operated ear.

But within 2 days after surgery, I lost the tunnel voices and also the amplified sounds when I rub my ear. I have to put the TV at a very very loud volume to be able to hear anything from my operated ear. Even then, it is is difficult to perceive the actual words. I am concerned that I am losing my hearing.

I went to see my surgeon again yesterday (9 days post op) and he said that the dissolvable packing is almost gone. There is no packing in the ear canal. So I am even more worried that the hearing loss is here to stay. Its not going to improve.

I also have wooshing noises and tinnitus in the opertaed ear. Tinnitus was present pre-op, but I am unable to say whether it is better or worse now. You know how tinnitus is ... the more you pay attention to it, the more it seems.

Dizziness is still aproblem. I can barely stand for 3-5 minutes without feeling dizzy. I don't think I can walk on a straight line for very far. And my hearing seems to be worse ... not fluctuating ... but seems to be lower than pre-op.


So .. my questions to you all are:
Do my symptoms indicate a failure of stapedectomy (in terms of hearing loss)?
Can any action be taken immediately to prevent the perceived deterioration in hearing?
Are there any ways I can test myself to evaluate my hearing (before the audiogram in another 7 weeks).
Does the dizziness indicate any problems with the procedure. I know it varies from person to person, but when can one realistically expect relief from the dizziness?


Please HELP!!! I am scared and worried.

Thanks is advance to all your replies.
Re: Stapedectormy
Apr 15, 2006
Hi folks,

Did a bit of reading here pre-op, and wanted to give something back.

Had a revision stapedectomy done Dec 21, 2005. The first had been done in 1986 and tho I think it worked briefly, my hearing returned to it's former state (moderate loss).

On the table,the doctor almost closed me back up. The old prosthetic had become embedded to a degree in my inner ear. The bone to prosthetic connection was tenous. He decided to go ahead and attach the new one right next to the old. Removing the old one could have had unpleasant consequences.He may have cut the old one to make some
room. Laser was used. Access thru ear canal by folding over ear drum.

Except for a bit of bleeding the next morning - a non issue, the procedure was successful. No dizziness at all. (the 1986 version had me reeling for a day or so. No pain..

The old prosthesis probably inhibits the new one to some degree, but the improvement is to mild hearing loss. The "audiograph" jumped up along it's whole length - one area 45db's I believe. I have nerve damage from noise exposure so there's a limit.

The doctor is key. I went to UNC - Chapel Hill, NC. The post - op care/instruction was excellent. The first procedure - not so good.

I can apparently look forward to a year of continuing improvement. I did a good thing.

Rich





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