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Fellow Stapedectomy Warriors...............

My Stapedectomy Report that was started by Andy_01 and has 367 posts was Part 1.

My Stapedectomy Report that was started by AF244 and has 176 posts was Part 2.

This is the continuation. They want us to limit it to 80 posts per thread so I'll try to keep an eye on it and start a new one as per their rules when the time comes.

Please continue here.

Ray - I hope you find us. It was good to "hear" that you are doing better today and you can hear much better. Remember there will be ups and downs but hang in there.

More later,

-Carol-
I am now 2.5 weeks out from my surgery, and I feel 100% back to normal as far as energy and no dizzies! I can move my head in all directions (took me over a week to be able to look up in the air w/out getting woozy)

My hearing is so improved that I want to have the other ear done in June (doc said 6 months b/n each surgery, but I might beg.;))

Ray, give yourself a good week or two and don't get down about things. Your hearing will be significantly different when the packing is gone.

Carrie, thinking of you and hoping all is well.
Hi everyone!!! thanks for the support! I was so upset that my computer at home was on the blitz so I could not get to you all!!! I am at work for the first time today and am actually feeling a little puny for the first time. lol I guess just trying to get back into the routine. I had a wonderful experience. I was not nauseous at any time not even once!!! I did have a little more pain than some reported but who cares I was not nauseous even once. lol. I took extra valium and slept slept slept. the computer is making me dizzy today but I am amazed at my fantastic experience. I do not have any wonderful hearing stories yet. All i know is that its either the same or it improved but it did not get worse. lol I go in tomorrow to get all the packing removed. If I have an infection it would be due to the fact that my two year old is constantly kissing my owie with her dirty little face. lol I am just so relieved. I cant wait to see if I can hear. I have not gotten to read anyone's posts yet. I will back track and do that in a min.
Hi Everyone! My name is Jill and I have recently been diagnosed with Otosclerosis. My doctor is recommending a stapedectomy in my right ear. I am nervous about the surgery because I am a Flight Attendant. I am interested in getting in touch with another Flight Attendant or Pilot that has had the surgery to see if they are having any complications due to pressurization on the airplane. Thanks for your assistance.
[QUOTE=jill972;3514619]Hi Everyone! My name is Jill and I have recently been diagnosed with Otosclerosis. My doctor is recommending a stapedectomy in my right ear. I am nervous about the surgery because I am a Flight Attendant. I am interested in getting in touch with another Flight Attendant or Pilot that has had the surgery to see if they are having any complications due to pressurization on the airplane. Thanks for your assistance.[/QUOTE]

Hey Jill,
Just a quick not of advise from my successful surgery 12 years ago. I was doing a bit of flying at the time with my business, and my ENT highly suggested I wait until I had at least 90-120 day window before flying. In fact he did not want me driving over Mt Hood passes from west to eastern Oregon (3,000 ft.) for the same duration. You may want to inquire within your organization and/or insurance company as to someone with the surgery. Your ENT should definitely have RED flags raised when he examines you and finds out your profession. I babied my rehabilitation procedures and think that the reason (besides having a great DR.) for my success.

Good Luck,

Casey
I have been following these threads since I found them in January. I was diagnosed in January with otosclerosis and my surgery is scheduled for the end of this month. Every time I read the posts I get mixed emotions about the surgery. It seems this surgery effects each person differently and I will not know how it'll effect me until I have it. It's like a little community here and I thought it's about time that I tell everyone I am here. My drawbacks from having the surgery is the PATIENCE that I hear everyone talk about. I have a 9 month old, 2 year old, and 4 and 5 year old-all boys. Patience is something that I don't have time for. The thought of not being able to lift my 9 month baby or my 2 year old toddler for a while really gets me down. How long will I not be able to pick them up? I remember reading one post that said nothing heavier than a phone book for quite a while. One of my boys is 20 lbs. and one is 24 lbs. I also teach two days a week. I told the principal that I would need two weeks off. Do you think I'll need longer? When did everyone else go back to work and was it teaching a bunch of elementary kids? Just wanted to let you all know that I'm here and happy to finally post.
Thegboyz,

Hi! Welcome. I too had mixed emotions from reading the boards. I admit the 9 month old will be hard and the boys will be loud. lol. I have 13,12,11 and 2 year old. All were at school or daycare on Mon - Fri...my sister of husband made dinner, baby in bed by 8:30 kids in bed by 9:00 so I was still able to sleep for most of the time. i had my surgery on Wednesday morning and was to return to work the following monday. I went back on Tuesday instead. some people were driving after 4 days. i was not comfortable with that so My mom has driven me this week (my surgery was on March 26) This weeks schedule went as follows.....Sister came over in mornings to yell the older children out of bed and get them out the door. Husband takes baby to daycare. Mom picks me up for work......Mom takes me home from work, husband picks baby up from daycare 12 year old made tuna helper twice, i ordered pizza once, husband made dinner other night. All kids went to room and i watched tv on couch with baby. My two year old understands that mommy cant pick her up but we have a great time chanting "lets hold hands, lets hold hands, lets hold hands" all the way to the couch where she climbs up on my lap and we cuddle as much as we want (I know you saw where she kisses my owie with her dirty little mouth) It's not to bad really, just tired. i will write more later...sorry so unclear...on valume. lol
What type of Dr.'s have performed the surgery on those of you who have had it? My ENT told me that if I need it, he will not be doing the surgery, but will recommend several Dr's for me to think about. I have a co-worker who is an audiologist and he has told me to really do my homework on who I let perform the operation if I have it. Between the two of them, that makes me nervous.

Thanks,

Mommy and Jill, I hope things will go smoothly for you!

My tinnitus has gotten worse lately. Does it ever go away?
Mylesmom-

I live in SW Michigan, and my ENT and family practice doctors referred me to two places in our state, U of Michigan and the Michigan Ear Institute to do the surgery. I'm not sure if these are the ONLY two places in the state that do stapedectomies, but there seemed to be consensus that they do a lot of them and would have surgeons that are very experienced. I was referred to one specific doctor at MEI by one of the nurses at my FP office and was very pleased. It's a drive for me to go there for check ups but it is worth it to get someone who knows what they are doing.

It probably depends on your ENT, but I'm sure there are many that don't do any of these surgeries at all or so few that you would want to go find someone who does a lot of them. Don't be afraid to ask these questions when you are searching for a surgeon.
Thank you mommy5000 for your info. It just all seems very hectic. I kinda like the idea of sleeping and relaxing with a little valium. It's great that one of your kids is able to make a little dinner. That's cute. It seems like everyone pitches in to help. I'm sure it'll be the same at our house. Do you ever feel guilty? I have a feeling that I will feel guilty that I'm not helping or that I am helpless in general. You know from being the mother that you do a lot of work for the family, most of which goes unnoticed. Who is going to do the unnoticed things? Perhaps they just won't get done. One more thing, do you remember your weight restrictions?

My other question for everyone is how long was it before you could drive? I know that mommy5000 was driven around, perhaps still being driven around. I guess I find it hard to ask people for help.
Hi all,

Mylesmom - Make the trip to Dallas and see Dr. Bob Owens (Owens Ear Center - Baylor Dallas). He's one of the top surgeons for this around here. He did all 3 of my surgeries and several others that have posted in the last year. Also, if you haven't read all the posts on the 3 threads we have been posting too....please take the time to read it. This is your hearing! It's worth coming here for. It's not that far when you consider the seriousness of this surgery.

Gboyz - LOL...Same for you. Read it all, most of your answers are there. Everyone heals at their own rate....but.....I drove after a week after each surgery. Swallow your pride and ask for help. One or two weeks out of your life - to regain a lifetime of hearing - putting it that way puts in into perspective.
Precook caseroles, etc that can be put in microwave if you have young kids you have to feed. That way you don't feel tooooooo guilty.
On the weight restriction and general rules after surgery...I was told that I [U]should do nothing that pressurizes the ear[/U]. The list included anything that may do that such as:
Lifting heavy objects (the straining creates internal pressure on the ear drum), sneezing with mouth closed (open is ok), blowing the nose (that one is a biggie and is bad bad bad), flying (pressurizes ear drum), popping your ears, etc.
Two weeks should be sufficient time before you go back to work, just take cottonballs to put in your ears when you go back at first (to muffle the "noise"). It might be overwhelming at first, it was for me and a few others but you will get used to it and then will be fine.

Mommy - Hang in there! Your schedule sounds like mine did at first. A few more days and you should be able to drive.

Do any of you 3 know what your SRT (speech recocgition threshold) was/is before surgery on your "bad" ear? If so, i'd be interested to know if you would be willing to share that info.

Take care all and keep on posting.

More later,

-Carol-
carol,
I know this is strange and I dont understand it but my speech recognition was as good in my bad ear as in my good one (obviously only as far as I could hear)

I second Carol on looking at the other boards they are unbelievable! research research research!

i am from the same area as Carol but i chose Dr. Mark Altenau in Dallas. He is an older gentleman but does a lot of childrens ears too. It is difficult to find and ENT to do this surgery as it is not rare but not common either. Most ENT see about 3 of these cases a year so are not experienced in the surgery. My Dr was in on the "poineering" so to speak of the surgery and has been awesome! and like i said....I experienced 0 nausea (i just cant spell)

Boyz,

My weight limit is 7 pounds. It has really not been all that bad. my daily schedule will go back to normal on Monday. I think I could drive if I wanted to but did not want to drive the kids or drive on valium. Last night we had Mac and cheese for dinner....thats all...mac and cheese...my 12 year old loves to cook but she is um....limited. Baking is another story. We just eat it like its the best meal ever. Yes it seems like all pitch in, but i dont want to disallusion you or make you feel like "why cant my family do that" so I will say we have still had the daily fights (between siblings) calls from the school, tummy aches, two year old fits, forms to sign, arguments about who does what blah blah blah. Do I feel guilty....i thought i would but heck no I don't. My laundry is done....its just all wrinkled and not put away right. The kitchen is picked up.....ok so no one wipes the food off the stove. The floor is picked up...ok so no one vaccuumed it for a week but none of that matters very much this is short term limitations...shorter than a C section or your limitations after child birth. Also, you wont be helpless...but its great to make them think you are for a while.....
mommy5000
You make me laugh and you made me feel better. You are right about the little things. I need to realize that it's ok. And besides, I don't like doing the little things anyways. I just have to because as you stated they won't get done otherwise. I'm surprised that you had such a hard time finding a doctor to do it. I am going to the University of Michigan to have my surgery done and my son's ENT (associated with another hospital in the same city who also does these and said he does 10 a year) said that he would send his own family members to the ENT doctor that I am going to. When I talked with him last week, I felt better about the doctor I chose. You are trusting a stranger to restore something so vital to life. You are also right when you said that 2 weeks is nothing compared to a lifetime of corrected hearing. I have to keep telling myself that. Here's a question I was wondering about...how long before you could take a shower? Did you have to take a bath at first? I read some posts about putting stuff in the ear but I don't remember how long it was before you could actually shower.

Thanks for adding humor to the situation. It's nice to laugh about things. It helps to loosen the anxiety.
well, I will tell ya very quickly (on my way out to my doc appointmennt right now) That I took a bath as soon as I got home (with washing my hair and everything) but that was because i did not want to stand up and my hubby didnt feel like showering with me under these circumstances. After that, showering is no big deal...you take a cotton ball and load it up with vasaline..then take more vasaline and make sure you have a good seal all the way around. I have not had one bit of water in my ear. It is highly effective and cheap. Afterwards I remove the cotton, remove as much vasaline as possible then stick another piece in my ear. I am surprised at how much better it works than the silly putty or plugs and will probably be using that in the summer for my kids when they swim. I am tired of vasaline in my ear all the time and honestly have not even purchased any in years. Now i sit on the couch all valiumed up and vasaline the heck out of my feet and put socks on....cant wait until i can wear my pretty sandals cause my feet are beautiful! will get back to you after my appointment.
First, I want to thank all of you RE: what doctor to use. I will even see if I can find info on the ones from Dallas. I think from here, Dallas is about a 7 hour drive. I will see what my ENT says when I go in. He did tell me he wants me to go to someone who has done many of them, not just i a few. In fact, he words were to be selective.

Mommy, thanks for your example of everyday life; I am glad to see that even when things aren't perfect (or they really ever really are?) you are seeing the great side. Thanks again!
Hi all!!!

I went to my follow up appointment on Friday. I feel like I have done remarkably well...and I have...but was disappointed to find that I have an infection in my ear. I did not know, because a flap of skin was causing the infection to go further in my ear rather than drain. After even just two days of a new antibiotic the diff. was amazing....but, alas, he had to put another gel-pack thing in my ear so I am still hearing "under water" which is what I am frustrated about. (i get that one out on Friday and hopefully infection will be gone.)

I have not had any further ringing in my ears or dizziness (no more dizziness after the disgusting ooze from infection came out)

My baby is so sweet....she is the only one who seems to understand that I CANT HEAR DARN IT (cause of gel) Everyone else gets frustrated when i say "what" all the time but she just walks over to me and puts her sweety little mouth on my good ear and repeats herself.

I felt so good to be "drug free" I went shopping on Sunday. I enjoyed it tremendously (wish i could spell) but did not realize I over did it. Its hard when you start feeling so much better so quickly to realize that "Lady you just had surgery" so I guess my advice for today would be to try and remember for the entire 3 weeks (or how ever long your dr tells you your restrictions are) to take it easy. We are not helpless, but there is no reason to think we have to be super woman a week and a half after surgery. I have to work so i do. I need clean underwear..so i wash them...the people need to eat..so I feed them (we call the children THE PEOPLE) after that i am going to remember to lay on my behind and watch forensic shows and vasaline my feet.

Have a great day
Hi All

First time post for me. Thanks for all the great information shared in this thread and the earlier parts. I found this a couple of days back and have spent hours reading the various contributions. They've helped me no end with what I'm experiencing at the moment.

I'm now on my 8th day post-op, having had my right ear done. Just home from my GP who took the stitches out from behind the ear - all seems good so far. My dizziness has reduced dramatically in the last 48 hours, no sign of it at all today so far! I still don't have any great improvement in the hearing from the ear, but it's still full of antibiotic gel and a cotton wool ball covering the canal so that has to be blocking a lot. The ear still also feels quite "full". Some frequencies do seem to be getting through though - going in to the doctors an old diesel peugot went by slowly - it sounded like a truck - so loud! Also if I block the left ear, I can faintly hear some sounds coming through on the right. I guess it's just a matter of sitting back and letting things take their course.
My surgery is in two weeks and I wonder if anyone has had this problem...my relatives (and others) are not fully understanding what I will be going through. My mother in law thinks I'll be fine by week 2 and that we'll just play it by ear (that's really what she said). After reading all the posts and using that knowledge to explain what may happen, it's like everyone is in denial but me. I don't know how to get us all on the same page. Maybe they are thinking that it's just my ear. My thinking is--hello--it is my ear, a vital organ to my body being operated on. Please fill me in on some of the ways that you explained it. Perhaps, this is a unique problem for me but hopefully there will be some insight you all may give.

Aside from that, my preop appt. is on Thursday. I CAN STILL BACK OUT! I am so nervous and feel like I would like to just chicken out. Do you know how many excuses I can come up with for postponing the surgery? A lot. Here are two scary words--anesthesia, prosthetic--that's enough for me to be a scaredy cat. Please help me. Did you all feel this way?

Thanks for listening. I'll be sure and let you know about Thursday.
Good Morning,

Boyz,

Yes, I did have that problem to a degree. As a matter of fact, I am still having it. I just explained that anytime your ear is operated on there is severe dizziness which could lead to the point of vomiting. Explain that they will be removing a bone in your ear and putting something else in. I really did not care about the people who did not understand. I was thankfull for the couple who did, and wanted to help. My family still has a hard time with my restrictions because I do seem so normal so quickly. (As in...kids wanted me to run in the annual 5k on Sat. lol) I really am pretty normal I just get tired quickly right now. Besides playing up "the vomiting" which is something everyone understands I used words like "blowing my nose will POP IT out of place and I'll be deaf for life" LOL. Not saying I exagerated or am a drama queen...not at all..but people just dont understand how important hearing is until they cant....you just happen to be able to do something about it.
Boyz...

Go rent the movie "At First Sight". Sit them all down and watch it together. Don't tell them they are to "learn" from it, just watch it.

It's about a person who is blind and gets their vision back - and it really shows/explains not only the physical aspect but also the psychological aspect of having one of your 5 senses CHANGE DRAMATICALLY.

Hopefully it will shed some light on the seriousness of the situation for them. It did for my family. Then when you experience something good or troubling with your recovery - refer back to a specific sceen in the movie as an example and explain it in the "hearing" equivalent.

As for yourself...don't back out. You will regret it and will continue missing so much life has to offer.

Hope this helps.

More later,

-Carol-
rj66

I'm wondering how it's going now that more time has gone by. Are you hearing well?

Mommy

Are you still on valium and geasin' your feat?

My surgery is on Monday. I'll keep you posted.
Hi, Iím new to posting on these boards, so let me first say Thank You to all those who posted their experiences here, as they help me prepare for my Stapedectomy. I will post this here and on the main board, My Stapedectomy also. In an effort to keep this a short as possible Iíll only give the high points. Keep in mind I had the premier surgeon in the Phx, AZ areaÖ Dr Fucci.

Surgery Friday 4/25, woke up feeling fine. Wheeled into recovering and had to lye with my ear up for four hours. Still felt fine with a couple of pain meds. No dizziness or nausea. Then got dressed to leave, still no dizziness. Went home feeling good, needed a pain pill at 6PM and 10PM. Woke at 4AM with some mild pain, so took another pain pill, which was to be my last. Sat woke feeling great, had some mild pain around noon, so just took some Advil. Have only used Advil since then. Felt wonderful all day Sat. Woke Sunday and had some mild out of balance issues, I wouldnít call it dizziness, as the room didnít spin, just when I would walk, I would tend to fall a bit to the right (surgery on right ear). This condition cleared up by noon and I felt great all day and all day Monday also. I came back to work today and I still feel great. Iím a little tired and if I walk to fast, I have a bit of the out of balance feeling. But, all in all, considering that I had a Stapedectomy, and the symptoms Iíve read about, I feel extremely lucky.

Now to the hearing portion of this. The evening after the surgery, I had to tell everyone to tone it down a bit. I guess they were use to speaking loudly to me and now their volume was hurting my new bionic ear. The next morning that went away, now I couldnít hear anything. My ear pops constantly and I have various noises going on in there. Gurggling, pinging, etc. One night I bit down on a carrot on the same side as my operated ear and it was like someone hitting a pipe with a wrench. I heard this loud tink that sounded like someone hitting the titanium prosthesis. This morning on the way to work the noise from the road was amazing. It was like my ear was connect to the tires of the car.

All in all, I have had a fabulous experience so far and look forward to having the packing taken out this coming Monday, 5/5 and begin hear again.

Again, thank you to all of those that posted in the past.

PS. My doctor removed a small bit of vein from my arm to be used to put around the prosthesis, and in the hole of the window. He said that this would help with the dizziness.
Hi thegboyz

It's taken me a few days to get back here. Saw the surgeon last Wednesday and he cleared the packing and muck from my ear. The world is a seriously LOUD place now. I swear someone must have removed all the sound deadening from my car while I was in his office - it used to be so quiet but isn't anymore! What I'm noticing most, apart from constantly turning the volume down on the tv rather than up, is all the little things. My shoes squeek on the hallway floor at work - I'm now told theh've always done that but I never knew, gravel crunching underfoot, rustling of tissue paper. I can't really be sure when I had last heard these sounds. For me, the results have been nothing short of astounding and I'm so pleased that I had this surgery. My hearing was starting to hinder me at work as I need to attend a lot of meetings. It's such a pleasure now to be in a meeting where I'm not the one asking for something to be repeated. I'll be having a follow up hearing test in a few weeks, so am very keen to see the before and after comparison.
rj66
That sounds great!!! I can't wait until I am at the point that you are at. It's the little things like the sound of leaves that you don't realize you are missing. I tried hearing aids for a month to see if that is the route I wanted to go instead of surgery and I was amazed at what I was missing.

Thanks for the encouragement rj66. Enjoy your new hearing. You might have already said but, is this your first ear? Do you still have another one to go and if so do you have it scheduled?
Well, I almost changed my mind and decided that if my ENT advised me to have the surgery, I was not going to. Then I happened to go somewhere where there was an audiologist and I asked her to check my hearing. Well, immediately after checking my hearing, she wanted to know what my history was.

Anyway she started me thinking about having teh surgery again. Someone talked about how difficult not being able to hear is, especially at work. Well, I am a school based speech pathologist, and sometimes, it is so difficult to hear when my kids are practicing their sounds, especially when there are other kids around coloring, rustling papers, etc all the background noises that occurs in a school setting and working with children. I have gotten to the pint that for a couple of sounds, I do lip reading to help me decide.

I think this hearing problem is good for me to experience (ok, not saying I would choose this), but, given that it has happened, I can relate to my few children that have a hearing loss in a differnt way. I have one in particular with hearing aides that doesnt want to wear them, and I think she is respecting what I tell her in a different way since I can relate to her and share my experiences. Not that she didnt "hear" what I was saying, and know that what I was saying was the truth, but from us sharing our hearing problem stories, she is listening to me in almost an appreciative way. People say to look at the silver lining, and this is mine - I can now relate to my hearing impaired kids better.

So, I went to my ENT today and he has refered me to a Dr. in New Orleans at Oshners hospital. What is amazing is that two other co-workers, one being from NO, has also recommended him (Both audiologists). So when I went in today and my ENT suggested him, I had already called his office / looked him up on the internet, etc. Oshners hospital is only a little over two hours from here, so not that bad, but it would have been nicer to have one closer. There next available appointment is in June and when I call back tomorrow, we will set up an appointment, and hopefully, it will be the begining of summer break (14 days left, :D) and the operation early to mid June so that I can have good recover time, because this year, we return to school August 6!!!!!

Anyway, I do pop in here every so often, and will keep checking on these posts, because the info is so very important. Thank you all! This message board is great!
I asked this question on another thread, but got no response. I am asking it here hoping to get an answer soon. Here it goes:

I have a question for anyone who can advise me on this, and even if it is more than one person, I'd like as much input as possible. I work at a school and today was my last day for the summer! Yeah is normally my expression in the years past, but not this summer. That is because one June 4, I am going to consult with a physician in New Orleans at Oshner's hospital about having this procedure. I would like it done asap so that when school starts again on August 6, I am ready to go. My problem and question is that I am moving to another school. No big deal, I have already packed and brought my stuff in what was supposed to be my new room. Within the next week, my project was unpacking, setting up, etc. Now I am being told I will probably be in another room, one that the teacher still does know that she is vacating, and will be notified soon, then she will have to pack up, etc. which is making me worried that I cannot move and be settled in before my operation. I have read that most people have lifting restrictions, but for how long / much? This new room will be on the second floor. And what about the up and down movement of unpacking. I am thinking that for maybe up to 6 weeks that would be a no-no, but it seems that everyones doctor has different rules. If I am going throw the pain, trouble, and expense of this operation, I do not want to chance destroying my success.

I plan on going talk to the principal on Tuesday, because of the holiday. I really wish I could stay where my things are in that room. It is awesome!
mylesmom
I am 3.5 weeks out from surgery. I am doing everything with my kids I did before the operation. I am lifting my 23lb boy and my 21 lb boy. I am starting to do my regular everyday mom duties. That being said, I think that you would be fine. You could have someone help you but at 6 weeks you should be fine. On the flip side of that, it seems everyone has different experiences with the surgery.

Now it is important to be able to hear. I can hear so well after having just one ear done. I too was worried and flipped back and forth from not wanting to get it done to wanting to get it done. For every reason to get it done I thought of 3 reasons not to get it done. Partly because I was scared and partly because I talked myself into it not being as bad as it really was. Like you, I work with children as a teacher. I will tell you that you don't know what you are missing because you can't hear what you are missing. I don't have any regrets. The world of hearing is well worth a few weeks of taking it easy. I only had restrictions for 2-3 weeks. After that I was told I could do anything except get my ear wet. Ultimately it's your decision. I do believe that you should talk to your ENT about the restrictions and how long you will have them. He/she will give you the advice that you need to make your decision.

Good luck and keep us informed.
Kendra
[QUOTE=thegboyz;3582339]mylesmom
I am 3.5 weeks out from surgery. I am doing everything with my kids I did before the operation. I am lifting my 23lb boy and my 21 lb boy. I am starting to do my regular everyday mom duties. That being said, I think that you would be fine. You could have someone help you but at 6 weeks you should be fine. On the flip side of that, it seems everyone has different experiences with the surgery.

Now it is important to be able to hear. I can hear so well after having just one ear done. I too was worried and flipped back and forth from not wanting to get it done to wanting to get it done. For every reason to get it done I thought of 3 reasons not to get it done. Partly because I was scared and partly because I talked myself into it not being as bad as it really was. Like you, I work with children as a teacher. I will tell you that you don't know what you are missing because you can't hear what you are missing. I don't have any regrets. The world of hearing is well worth a few weeks of taking it easy. I only had restrictions for 2-3 weeks. After that I was told I could do anything except get my ear wet. Ultimately it's your decision. I do believe that you should talk to your ENT about the restrictions and how long you will have them. He/she will give you the advice that you need to make your decision.

Good luck and keep us informed.
Kendra[/QUOTE]

Thanks kendra, I do know that it is hard to hear...I find that more and more, I am not hearing so many words, but my skills at filling in the missing parts is getting better (I hope...at least I should say I am hoping I am filling in the missing words with the correct ones being said). I am a speech therapist at a school, and it is hard to give feedback on the accuracy of my students speech sounds when there is noise or the kid is not looking at me. I can now relate to one of my middle schoolers ability to hear some words and not others. It seems like the low frequencies and high freq's give me more trouble, just like some people's speech freq's are much easier to understand. I go to New Orleans on June 4 to discuss the operation with the DR who will perform it if he also recommends the need for it.


One more thing: what would be the reason for "no water in the ear" but no other restrictions?
I am seven days out from the surgery and still waiting for my hearing to improve. I have had very few side effects, no dizzyness, no pain, and as a result keep on forgetting to take it easy as instructed. My ear just feels blocked up. Is this normal? I am wondering, of course, if this is my fault and I have overextended myself. But then I think I would know if I had pushed my ear because it would hurt. The other day, I was sniffling in what I thought was a suitably ladylike manner and my ear burbled, but there was and has been no sharp pain. Any advice?
[QUOTE=psalty;3583600]I am seven days out from the surgery and still waiting for my hearing to improve. I have had very few side effects, no dizzyness, no pain, and as a result keep on forgetting to take it easy as instructed. My ear just feels blocked up. Is this normal? I am wondering, of course, if this is my fault and I have overextended myself. But then I think I would know if I had pushed my ear because it would hurt. The other day, I was sniffling in what I thought was a suitably ladylike manner and my ear burbled, but there was and has been no sharp pain. Any advice?[/QUOTE]I'm also 7 days out and I had the outer gel removed from my ear today, and I still feel very stuffed up as you do. I guess that's because the inner gel behind my ear drum is still there, and it will take a few weeks to dissolve. So you're not the only one, and here's hoping for both of us that when the gel dissolves our hearing opens up. Good luck!
It does not seem like this thread has been getting much traffic. But just in case, I wanted to post an update that might inspire anyone considering a stapedectomy. I went in today for my three week check-up and had the rest of my packing removed. Everything is healed and when I had a follow-up hearing test, the hearing in the affected ear was almost perfect! Such a wonderful change. Even my ENT was surprised at how fast the ear had recovered. My taste buds are still not fully back to normal, but its getting better every day. For some reason, salty foods taste the worst. But the good news is nine more days and I can swim, lift heavier weights, sneeze etc. The only regret at that point is not doing this a whole lot sooner.
Psalty, thanks for the great report. I am closing in on week 3 and I had the outer packing removed after week 1. I can tell that the surgery worked at some level, but since the inner packing hasn't dissolved I still feel like my ear has a cork in it and sounds -- even when louder -- are very muffled.

My doctor has reassured me that when the inner packing dissolves my hearing will improve dramatically. It's hard to wait, and I guess I'm just hoping for the best!
Heys guys... where did everyone go :-)

Went to the Dr today for my 6 weeks check up and hearing test. Here are the results.

Hz
250 500 1K 2K 4K 8K
Then 65 60 60 45 45 40
Now 10 25 20 30 45 40

This has improved my hearing so much.

Woland - I started to hear a bit around 3 weeks, with most of my hearing by 4 weeks, although still some muffling. Over the next two weeks it has cleared up and as you can see from my hearing test today, I'm hearing great.

Bob 41 days
[QUOTE=e022313;3604751]Heys guys... where did everyone go :-)

Went to the Dr today for my 6 weeks check up and hearing test. Here are the results.

Hz
250 500 1K 2K 4K 8K
Then 65 60 60 45 45 40
Now 10 25 20 30 45 40

This has improved my hearing so much.

Woland - I started to hear a bit around 3 weeks, with most of my hearing by 4 weeks, although still some muffling. Over the next two weeks it has cleared up and as you can see from my hearing test today, I'm hearing great.

Bob 41 days[/QUOTE]

Cangrat's! It has improved significantly.
Bob, congrats on your great results and thanks for sharing your time line to better hearing!
Bob
Hasnt' this been an amazing journey! I'm so glad we have had each other. It is funny how each of us started on with our hearing lives and have posted less. I am so happy to hear of your hearing success. I will post mine in mid July when I have mine. I actually just got my bill a little under one thousand, yikes! Not sure how that one will be paid but being able to hear is well worth it.

Kendra
Day fourty something
Hi,

I am new to this board and have been reading these messages and have learned a lot so right up front thanks for all your post and responses.

I had a stapedectomy on Wednesday 6/18/08 at the Shea Ear Clinic in Memphis Tn and was performed by Dr. John Shea.

Wednesday 6/18 - Stapedectomy Surgery on my right ear. All went well.

Thursday 6/19 - Stayed a day for Dr. Shea to check it out. Removed a bit of packing and all seemed to be well. Hearing was there but not greatly. However when the ear was touched are rubbed it was VERY loud. when I placed a phone to my ear with the dial tone going... I could hear it as good in either ear. Very encouraged.

Friday 6/20 - The ear was of course stopped up but touching the ear or rubbing the side of my face on the operated ear side was very loud.

Saturday 6/21 - BIG change. When I woke up I could hear nothing. Not one sound. Could NOT hear the dial tone from the phone. Nothing.

Today is Monday and I am very concerned. I have heard nothing out of that ear since Friday night..

I am amazed at the problems this has caused. All the sound in my head is now on my left side the un-operated side. When I talk I hear my self on that side only When I eat... that side only.

I have NO tinnitus in my operated ear. (The only good thing about it.)

Any thoughts or comments? Anyone been through this?

I have read in the above post about hearing coming on and off. I have had this surgery on my left ear and all went well. I have not experienced these symptoms before.

I am thinking that the prosthesis may have become disconnected from both ends!

Troubled,... Any ideas?

Leon
Wow, your assement sounds reasonable. I wouldn't jump to conclusions, however if you can put the phone to your right ear and not hear the dial tone at all, you may be right. I usually check my hearing by putting my finger in my unoperated ear to see how much of the TV I can hear. You might try turning the TV on with the sound up moderatly high and then put a ear plug in your left ear and see how much you can hear. Then try turning up the volume, if you have to until you get to a ridiculus level. If you still can't hear ANYTHING, then you may want to call your Dr. Don't confuse muffled hearing with not hearing anything.

Good luck
Bob
Day 53

PS. Still hearing great and lovin' it :-)
Hello everyone! It's been a VERY long time since my last post! I had a stapendotomy on 10/19/07 and right after my 1 month post op I became pregant--with twins!!! It's been a rough pregnancy so I've not been posting at all.

My concern is it's been 8 months since my successful surgery, but the last few days I've notice my hearing in my operated ear is starting to sound like it did pre-surgery. Has anyone has this happen so long after a successful surgery?

I'm hoping maybe it's pregnancy hormones, but I am getting the stuffy head feeling and a tinny sound in my operated ear. The radio sounds like stereo in my good ear and sounds like AM in my operated ear.

Does anyone have anything to share with me??? I would greatly appreciate it!!! I hope the surgery has not gone bad. :confused:

Thanks to everyone and anyone who replies!!!!!! :)
[B]Hi Bob[/B]

Thanks for your reply.

I think I did jump to conclusions a bit and thanks for trying to calm me down. Like you I have used the TV and the dial tone on the phone many times to check my hearing. (On Monday of last week I ordered a 512k tuning fork to check with so now I use that) I am so happy to hear of your GOOD hearing. Only folks like you (and those on this board) and me really knows how important that is.

I wish you much success as you continue your recovery to better and better hearing.

[B]Hi Polly[/B]

Thanks Polly for responding to my post.

Yes I have touched that part of my ear to try and get sound. earlier I was getting nothing but now my hearing has come back on. But it was scary - no dial tone - no hearing of any kind in the operated on ear. And yes I know what you mean by hearing the rain - it is a beautiful sound!

That reminds me of a stapedectomy I had done several years ago. When I got home I was hearing great on that occasion. I went into the bathroom and turned the light on which also has an exhaust fan connected to the light. Well I hear the fan making wraddleing sound. I told my wife we need to get that fixed. She said it had been that way for several years. It had been wraddeling for several years and I never heard it - Even the sound of a broken exhaust fan sounds good - when you have never heard it.

[B]So now here is my progress report for those who may be reading these post...[/B]


Day 0 6/18/08 Wednesday - Surgery - removed all old work and did new footplate and oval opening - Sick through up a couple of times. - Dizzy

Day 1 6/19/08 Thursday - Dr. Shea removed some of the packing and tested could hear but not well

Day 2 6/20/08 Friday - Could hear the phone dial tone very well. A little pain. Could hear when touching my ear very good. A little pain.

Day 3 6/21/08 Saturday - Woke up and could not hear at all. No dial tone. A little piercing pain. Even left ear seemed stopped up. Voice could be heard inside head but only on the left/good side.

Day 4 6/22/08 Sunday - Still complete silence in the operated ear - Very nauseated and unbalanced.

Day 5 6/23/08 Monday - Nausea and unbalanced - complete silence in the operated ear - Called Dr Shea very concerned. He said that the packing in the ear had hardened on Saturday and would be that way for a few days and then begin to dissolve.

Day 6 6/24/08 Tuesday - Nausea and unbalanced - What! The operated ear is starting to hear on the inside - no hearing on the outer ear.

Day 7 6/25/08 Wednesday - Nausea and unbalanced - It is very loud on the operated ear on the inside - outside ear just bearlly hearing.

Day 8 6/26/08 Thursday - Nausea and unbalanced - Operated ear very loud hearing now inside - outside hearing is there but very muffled.

Day 9 6/27/08 Friday - Unbalanced but less - If the inside result of the ear is a forecast of how the outside ear is going to hear this is going to be great - Called Dr Shea and he said all was going well and he gave me a prescription for nausea and balance.

Day 10 6/28/08 Saturday - Unbalanced but even less - Medicine makes me sleepy.

Day 11 6/29/08 Sunday - No nausea - very little unbalanced - took no medicine - best day yet. Went to church played bass guitar in the band. Wow was the praise band loud - plugged up my operated ear with a ear plug!

So far day 11 with me. All seems to be going well. The operated ear is hearing great inside and is hearing better and better outdie now as well. The dial tone of the phone is even BETTER in my operated ear than it is in my old "operated left ear."

[B]ALSO for those interested. I have had 8 Stapendectomies.[/B] 1 on my left ear and 7 on my right ear. The right ear has been hard to fix. In those stapendectomies I have had all kinds of after effects. On the first occasion I was in bed for about a week with all the possible symptoms and after effects you could have. The second time by a different doctor it was as if I had never even had surgery. Of course it did not work then either. So I have been through the ringer over the past 2 years. So much for a surgery that is suppose to be 95% successful!

But I think now Dr. Shea has got it on track for a full and complete GREAT result. I will keep you posted.

God bless
Leon
Day 11
[QUOTE=JULIEP28;3627144]Hello everyone! It's been a VERY long time since my last post! I had a stapendotomy on 10/19/07 and right after my 1 month post op I became pregant--with twins!!! It's been a rough pregnancy so I've not been posting at all.

My concern is it's been 8 months since my successful surgery, but the last few days I've notice my hearing in my operated ear is starting to sound like it did pre-surgery. Has anyone has this happen so long after a successful surgery?

I'm hoping maybe it's pregnancy hormones, but I am getting the stuffy head feeling and a tinny sound in my operated ear. The radio sounds like stereo in my good ear and sounds like AM in my operated ear.

Does anyone have anything to share with me??? I would greatly appreciate it!!! I hope the surgery has not gone bad. :confused:

Thanks to everyone and anyone who replies!!!!!! :)[/QUOTE]

Hi Julie,

First off hope all goes well with your pregnancy. I know the twins are going to be a lot of work but a lot of joy as well!

I have had 8 stapendectomies. 1 in my left ear and 7 in my right ear, so I know a bit about failures. Of the 7 times my right was operated on 2 of those times the hearing was good for about 3 or 4 months each and then failed. But now I think I have a very good connection so I hope all goes well.

Of course you should see your doctor for testing and a through examination! But I will give you my 2 cents worth.

Your hearing problems could come from several sources. It is June here and sinus problems also cause our hearing to decrease. My wife went to the ear doctor and he told her her hearing was fine, it was just her sinuses where stopped up causing some hearing deterioration. So it could be sinuses or some other minor nasal or head problem.

And while I don't know much about that myself (being a man) it might could have something to do with hormones, during the many changes the body goes through during pregnancy.

The radio sound you are experiencing does sound as though some change has of course taken place. Try using the phone dial tone to test it out. Try the phone touching each ear and see if it sounds the same. Then use the phone about 1/2 inch away but NOT touching the ears and see how that sounds.

That will give you the two kinds of sound the ear hears. The touching sound source has more to do with the bone level - that tells you if the nerves are good. The holding it away sound tells you about the sound entering the ear canal and if the stapes replacement is working well.

When my stapedectomies have failed they have usually done it gradually over the space of 3 or 4 weeks. The prosthesis would usually become loose on the incus bone and at that point the hearing quality goes down.

Remember I am just like you. A friend talking out loud and am certainly not a doctor. If I were you I would give my doctor a call and schedule a hearing test and then you could know for sure what is going on.

I do wish you the best.

God bless
Leon
Day 11
Hello and thanks Leon!!!

I know, I'm trying not to freak out thinking my surgery went bad. It seems too much of a coincidence that I'm about 4-6 weeks away from giving birth and this just pops up now after 8 months of it being perfect. How can the prothesis slip out of place????? Wouldn't you have to have some kind of trauma for that to happen?

It's weird because when I was about 8 months pregnant with my first daughter, this same thing happened in this same ear. About 3 days after I was home from the hospital, my ear cleared up. Seems too weird it's happening again just the same way.

I really want to think positive that my surgeon did a great job and the surgery hasn't gone bad. With being pregnant, you are very stuffy and it only gets worse until delivery. I'm hoping that coupled with the fact it's allergy season, that this will go away once I'm home from the hospital.

I thought about calling the nurse today, but figure I should probably be more concerned with my pregnancy and just wait until after giving birth to see if it gets better.

Now, this may sound weird, but I can actually hear the TV out of my bad ear with the volume low---it's muffled, but I can hear voices and make out most of what they are saying and I don't have to turn it up louder like I did before my surgery. So, I'm thinking that the surgery is still good but something is interferring with the prothestis working correctly. I'm hoping anyway!!!

I tried the phone dial test. I hear it at what i think is the same volume level each way, it's just more tinny/high pitched in my bad ear. So i really think the surgery hasn't gone bad---i hope and pray and hope and pray!!!

Sorry this is so long---I really appreciate your reply Leon!!!! Thanks and look forward to hearing from you!!! :)
Hi Julie,

Since you said that: [I]"It's weird because when I was about 8 months pregnant with my first daughter, this same thing happened in this same ear. About 3 days after I was home from the hospital, my ear cleared up. Seems too weird it's happening again just the same way."[/I]

It seems if it were me I would be thinking that direction before I would be that the prosthesis had failed. Since you are hearing but muffled, it may be that you have some fluid build up in the ear. But from your post I would not at this point think the prosthesis has failed.

Have you tried to open your eustachian tube by lightly blowing your nose while you hold your nose shut? If your hearing gets a good bit louder and non-muffled at that time then it might be fluid build up in the ear.

You asked: [I]"How can the prosthesis slip out of place????? Wouldn't you have to have some kind of trauma for that to happen?"[/I]

Trauma could cause the prosthesis to slip out of the oval window or even off of the incus but is not likely. The number one cause of the prosthesis is it becoming loose on the incus bone. This happens sometimes because of improper connections in the first place or it could happen by further erosion of the incus itself due to otosclerosis.

But again it sounds like this is a situation that will pass since it is "exactly" like what you experienced during your last pregnancy. But again if you are concerned nothing is better than letting your doctor check you out.

God bless
Leon
Day 12
Hello Leon and thanks for replying! Thanks for the encouraging words too. I just don't want to not enjoy these last few weeks of pregnancy obsessing about my ear!

I just would think that if the prothesis were to fail, it would not have waited 8 months to do so? Also, I have to look at my paperwork, but I'm pretty sure I had the laser stapendotomy and not the stapendectomy. Would that make a difference? Can the spongy growth continue to grow after surgery? I thought surgery corrected the disease?

Lastly, I should've said my hearing in my "bad" ear is not so much muffled as it's more tin or hollow sounding. Does that make sense? And how would I have fluid build up in that ear?? Sorry for all the questions!

Thanks for your encouragement!!!!!! God Bless you too! I probably won't call the doctor until after I have the babies and am settled in at home. I'm concerned, but there's not much I'd be willing to do right now anyway, so I'll just wait and see how things are in a couple of months!

Thanks!!!
Hi Julie

In the stapedectomy is the entire footplate is removed and replaced with a prosthesis. With the stapendotomy the entire footplate is not removed. Most surgeries are the stapedectomy.

As to the disease being corrected? The surgery only repairs (replaces) the bones that have become diseased.

But as you say I don't think failure is the problem in your case. Hopefully in about a month or so you will be "delivered" from this hearing problem.

God bless
Leon
Dad 12
Leon,

Thanks for your encouragement. I appreciate it! I'll keep you posted.

Have a great evening!
Julie
Well, I just wanted to say that a while back, I was thinking that I would need to have this surgery, according to what my local ENT. He sent me to a specialist in New Orleans and he said I have a cholesteatoma, which is a non-malignant tumor in my ear, not otosclrosis. A CT scan confirmed it. I just returned from having the surgery today and have all the same precautions of that of a stapedectomy. The cholesteatoma was pretty large, invading the mastoid bone and completely destroying the malleus and incus (he couldn't find any part of the incus at all). He was able to some kind of way attach the tympanic membrane to the stapes.

Much like the stapedectomy, I cannot blow the nose, sneeze with mouth open, etc. I couldn't find anyone to talk to about the cholesteatoma, but saw there were some new postings on here, so figured since I have the same precautions, you kind people would be great to continue following up with.

Good luck to all of you with the surgery; I feel like I am in the same boat as you!;)
I have been reading this thread for a while and decided I should finally join. My surgery is scheduled for 10 days from now, and I am getting nervous. Reading all of your posts has been extremely encouraging, since many of you have felt the same way pre-op. I am a 2nd grade teacher, and it is so important to be able to hear all my students, even the shy quiet ones!

Carol, I am having my surgery done by Dr. Owens also, so it made me feel better to hear a recommendation for him. Thanks!

I have been wearing hearing aids for 4 years, and it was only a change in my hearing test that alerted my audiologist that there was a bigger problem than hereditary hearing loss (my father and grandfather also wear hearing aids, but neither started having hearing loss as early as I did - I am 36). I can hear better with the aids, of course, but would rather not wear them if I have an alternative.

It's true that people w/o hearing problems really don't understand. I usually feel apologetic to others, like they are the ones "suffering" because they have to speak up or repeat themselves. I hate not being able to hear! I have a lot of coworkers that speak in low voices, and it is so frustrating - I'm sure it is not as low as I think, and I always hope I am not talking too loudly!

I am nervous too about my tinnitis getting worse. The hearing aids have helped with that, actually - I still notice it when the room gets quiet or late at night, but when I take the aids out, the humming gets louder. The upside is that I sleep well...I have my own white noise in my head!;) I have read posts that tinnitis got worse after surgery, and that worries me a little, since there doesn't seem to be much you can do about that.

I'm sorry to go on so long - it's just good to find others that care about this and have gone through it. I have a couple of questions...

Has anyone traveled after surgery? We are considering a car trip about 2 weeks or more after the op. How long before flying? I have read anywhere from 3 days (!) to 6 months, and have not read anything official from my dr., although I have a list of questions to call him with on Monday.

How long before you showered, normally? Or swam?

I was so overwhelmed at the first appt, I didn't know what to ask. He told me I could never scuba dive (I am ok with that), but are there any other "never again" activities?

Thanks for any advice, answers, etc. I'm so glad I found this board!
Hey there TXMommy27 (and Leon too!)-

This is my first post to this board also and hopefully I can answer a few of your questions as I just had a stapedectomy this past Tuesday 7/1. While it seems that everyone heals differently, there seems to be a common theme of very limited hearing over the first few weeks, due to swelling and the packing inserted around the ear drum. Some docs remove the packing with a vacuum device and some insert dissolvable packing that dissipates over several weeks. Many people also experience dizziness and vertigo for the first week or two, accompanied by some nausea. It is normally short lived and seems to be associated with the packing. The Tinnitus comes and goes during healing, along with the sound of your heartbeat in the repaired ear. This seems to dissipate for most people also over the long term.

Perhaps a little of my history will help you as you approach your procedure:

The surgery that I had last Tuesday was my third. The first two occurred about 5 years ago and were extremely disappointing. According to the surgeon that performed the most recent one, the previous two were done by an amateur. The first stapedectomy never worked at all. I had about a week of deafness and then the swelling went down and my normal hearing (55% loss in the right ear) returned. The second surgery was an actual success for about six months and then my hearing reverted right back to where it was. The same doc did both surgeries and at this point told me that my hearing loss was attributed to considerable nerve damage and that it was permanent. He sold me some very expensive hearing aids, (which have helped), and relegated me to a lifetime of being half deaf at a minimum, with the possibility of further heaing loss. I was never satisfied with the outcome, but he was allegedly a very good surgeon, so who was I to argue?

After doing some searching around on the internet, I came across the doctor that invented the stapedectomy surgery in addition to performing the first successful procedure and found out that he still practices at his own specialized hearing clinic in Memphis. I made an appointment to go see him and am incredibly relieved that I did! My new doc was determined to get to the bottom of why the first two had failed and assumed that the prosthesis had become detached. He was absolutely correct and found out that not only was the prosthesis floating around in my ear, but the stapes bone was still intact!

The recovery so far has been as follows:

7/1 surgery day. Vertigo whenever walking or standing causing nausea. I ended up vomiting shortly after waking up from general anasthesia. Rested as much as possible. Hearing was very limited

7/2 More vertigo and lots of rest. Drove home to Chicago (8 hours) and slept most of the trip. Hearing very limited with lots of vertigo.

7/3 Vertigo and nausea. Got up and tried to get some stuff done. Tired very easily and tough to walk. Hearing very limited. Took a shower with SaranWrap around my ear and a cup held up around it to keep any water out.

7/4 Vertigo and nausea. Kept activities to a minimum. Took another shower using the same method.

7/5 Still some dizziness, but getting slightly better. Went out to eat and drove for the first time. Pretty tiring day. Squeaking and popping noises in ear. Hearing still very limited.

7/6 Today. Slept in, showered, weaning off of pain meds. Dizziness is a little better today. Squeaking and popping every time I swallow. Ear feels very "full"

I asked my doc and the medical staff several times about flying as I travel extensively for work. They told me that the doc sees patients from all over the world and they fly back home shortly after surgery without issue. I have a flight booked for tomorrow and am interested in seeing how it goes. I plan to chew gum to keep the pressure from being an issue. They aslo instructed me to keep the ear from getting wet for a month, including no swimming. I would definitely ask your doc what the restrictions are. You'll find most docs recommend no flying for 3 months, no swimmig for 30 days, and no scuba diving ever.

Having had three of these surgeries, and having some anxiety over each one of them, I decided that the surgery was the way to go. The possibility of restoring my hearing has been a much easier risk to accept along with the temporary recovery, than a lifetime of having a handicap that I don't have to live with. The ability to hear my children and my clients takes precedence for me over any short term discomfort related to the surgery. I'll also say that while my hearing is presently very limited, I'll be satisfied knowing that even if I don't get it all the way back, I have seen the absolute best doc available and can live with that.

Hope your experience is a successful one. Please keep us posted as to your progress.
[QUOTE=CAB1;3510790]Fellow Stapedectomy Warriors...............



Well I been Reading your posts for a while now..Decided I sign up today after I had my Surgery on 7/8/08. Here are My Details:
Dr Choe ENT in Englewood NJ..Great Doctor.
Went into hospital. Took a few deep breaths and woke up. All done. Took a sip of Apple Juice and Went home. Been doing fine now on day 2. No Side affects (yet). The worst pain is my Throat from the dam breathing Tube. I hear better already. I had Moderate Otosolroiss. I cant spell but you know what it is. I had a Very loud ringing and hearing loss.Could not hear wispers or the birds chirping with me left ear. Now I hear alot more.
No Vertigo,No taste difference..My tounge does feel like its num a little. I been babying my ear when I swallow..No sudden movements sleeping upright and taking my pain meds ..Even know I dont really have any pain..
I go back next week to take the packing out.

My Doctor is great. .Just thought I'd share my story now that I am part of the Bionic Ear Club.

I will write back if the Side effects start to act up.
Till then LAter.
Bill age 34
hello everybody, I've done stapedectomy in Italy on wednesday (9 july), now I've the package in my ear and i don't hear well, but I can hear something because I've tried to put the phone near to my ear and I hear..but I don't know how much...this is normal I hope..also for you was the same? or you can hear well immediately? They put me on antibiotics for 7 days after surgery, but I have read that 5 days is enough ...how many days have you taken the antibiotics? I hope someone will answer to me..here the doctor doesn't tell me almost nothing about the post-surgery.......
Hi everyone,

I had a cholesteatoma removed on July 1, (originally thought it was otosclerosis, but it was actually a benign tumor instead with the same symptoms as otoschelrosis). Anyway, all my restrictions are basically the same as for you guys, (even the sheet the Dr's office gave me list what to do while recovering from both surgeries). Anyway, I have the packing still that I guess is begining to dissolve.

My question is...did anyone experience your outer ear having a strange felling whenever it was touched? Does this strange sensation go away? My cut is still healing so I am hoping that weird feeling will correct itself.
[QUOTE=vitamina;3644152]hello everybody, I've done stapedectomy in Italy on wednesday (9 july), now I've the package in my ear and i don't hear well, but I can hear something because I've tried to put the phone near to my ear and I hear..but I don't know how much...this is normal I hope..also for you was the same? or you can hear well immediately? They put me on antibiotics for 7 days after surgery, but I have read that 5 days is enough ...how many days have you taken the antibiotics? I hope someone will answer to me..here the doctor doesn't tell me almost nothing about the post-surgery.......[/QUOTE]

If my Dr. prescribed antibiotics for 7 days, I would take them for seven days. Although I didn't have a stapedectomy, I had a benign tumor removed and 2 of the middle ear ossicles were taken out ...the malleus and incus because of the destruction from the tumor. My stapes is now attached to the ear drum and we are hoping that hearing will be normal after recovery. My Dr. prescribed antibiotics for 7 days and I took them. The middle ear is not a highly visible place and hard to tell if an infection would be setting in and therefore, in my opinion, is well worth the extra days of taking an antibiotic.
may be you're right, I will take it for 7 days...that are 9 days because I've taken it also the day of the surgery and the day after...but one day more it's not a problem (or it is..for my candida albicans..but one day more will not change things so much I think)
I did not Get any Antibotics. I just got Vicodin for the Pain but was told to use Tylenol after 2 days. Just little pain that is bearable but nice not to have any pain. Its sensitive on the side of Surgery if I rub the skin near the ear I can hear it,. Its day 4 on recovery. All I have is a ringing in the ear..But until My ear is healed..I dont expect it to be perfect. I can hear in it as well. I have the cotton ball in there to keep it clean and to catch any leakage. I go back to the Doctors for a followup on the 16th.. 8 days after surgery.
the doctor didn't give you any antibiotic?really? i've another question...I feel sometimes a little pain in my ear, do you feel the same? sorry for my english, I'm italian
[QUOTE=vitamina;3644829]the doctor didn't give you any antibiotic?really? i've another question...I feel sometimes a little pain in my ear, do you feel the same? sorry for my english, I'm italian[/QUOTE]

I have a slight Pain..But If I take Tylenol it goes away. No Antibiotics prescribed I guess I'll find out if I need it when I go for my checkup. I dont know if the packing he put in has medicine in it.I have Vicodin that he prescribed..only a 4 day supply..That stuff Works Great. I save it for when I sleep so I dont have any pain keeping me up. I have ringing in my ear. I had it prior to my op so Im hoping it clears up as it heals..Do you have ringing?
yes, I've ringing, just after the surgey i heard some fiiiiiiii, but it stops, and the doctors said that it's very normal to have ringing after the stapedectomy and that it will stop soon..now I hear the boom boom of my heart in the ear, but not loud, it's not fastidious. The girl near to me in the hospital room had the tinnitus before the stapedectomy, and after she does'nt have it anymore! your tinnitus is it the same of after ther staped? i think it will decrease with the time, I also have read it
Hello all! I had my stap. yesterday, and my family is a little tired of hearing about it, I think!;)

Actually was pretty miserable while still in the hospital - I think they didn't want me to stay too long, so were not giving me full doses, because the pain never went away in the hospital - just kept falling asleep. When I got home, I took 2 vicodin and slept some more, and when I woke up, no pain! I had already noticed some hearing in my operated left ear, but w/o the pain, could really notice it. I could hear, even w/o my right hearing aid - it was so cool! I took it very easy last night - ate only graham crackers, and did take a dissolvable for nausea. By bedtime, my ear was hurting mildly, but my body still had that heavy, sluggish, drugged feel, so I didn't take anything.

This morning: wakened by the telephone! No hearing aids in, and sleeping on my right side, I heard the phone - loudly - in my left ear! I haven't been able to hear the phone unaided in years! I could even hold the phone to my left ear and hear the other person! I'm so excited!

Taking it easy today - need to go eat soon, take some pain meds. Trying to figure out what the valium Rx is for - anyone know? I don't like to overdrug myself. I've read the med sheet on it, but it doesn't have a section for Stapedectomy Recovery on it!;)

Thanks for all the encouragement - I really don't know if I would have gone through with it if I hadn't found this board. y'all are honest, encouraging, and open to share your experiences and advice! THANKS!
this is day 9 after stapedectomy, I hear the sounds very loud, it cause me also a very big stress, I'm alqways crying!! i don't know if I'm crying for the joy and happiness to hear or because of the stress..I just want to say to all : go to the surgery, I was afraid but now my ear can hear very much better!
i just want to ask you for how many time we have to limit the activitis like go to disco, cinema, where the music is very loud?
Well its Day 11..and well I am doing everything I did prior to surgery..No pain..went to get the packing removed but its bonded to the ear drum so the Dr gave me ear drops to disolve it..Im still on Sterioids to help get rid the swelling that may be causing my ringing. I did find though in the morning I dont have much ringing..and later in the day is when it comes so I am guessing it has to do with the stress on the body and the healing process..Either way though.My hearing has improved and i go for my hearing test on the 30th of july. The packing is keeping my ear drum from vibrating perfectly..so Im hoping that is causing my ringing to continue..well see.
WOConner - I also go back on the 30th for my post-op hearing test, but it will be my first one. I am only on Day 4. I have had ringing too, but it comes and goes. Your explanation makes sense - as I am feeling better, the ringing is getting better. It was bad enough on Day 2 that it made me miserable - I couldn't hear anything over the ringing. Now it is just in the background. I have been backing off on the pain meds, so i wonder if that helps too? I am still taking valium for the dizziness. It never gets terrible, but at first sign I take a pill - they are only 2mg, so not strong. But my Dr. said to really avoid any nausea, so I am taking that to heart.

vitamina - my hearing is painfully better too. I have a great excuse to let others clean up the kitchen, as the dishes clanking is very painful! I have had to find a quiet place many times this week when people in the house get loud! I do think it will get better over time. I think our brains have to learn to process the sounds they have been missing for a very long time!;) I went to a shop with my sister last night and the music was louder than I was used to, but after a few minutes it was okay. Take baby steps. I am avoiding loud places for a while, just trying to ease my way back into the noisy world! Having three kids at home should help, but I have been reminding them no yelling, slamming doors, etc. near Mommy.

Good luck, and keep posting your recovery!
Hi. Thank you for all of your posts. I just had a stapedectomy on Thursday, 8/28. It was performed my Dr. McKenna at Mass Eye and Ear. Did anyone else use Dr. McKenna or MEEI?

Things have been going well so far. I have not had any nausea, although I have had dizziness when walking. I have also felt pressure on my ear and quick flashes of pain. I can hear my heartbeat in my ear a lot, and I also have very loud ringing in my ear, although I also had this before surgery.

I had zero hearing in my ear for the first couple of days after the surgery. Now, if I rub my ear, I can hear that, but that's it. I'm hoping that once the packing is taken out, I'll be able to hear.

I am scheduled to get the packing taken out on Wednesday, and I am nervous b/c some people have written that it hurts. I can't even see the packing, it's so far in there. Can people share with me what this experience was like?

Thanks and good luck to all of you!
Renentenen
Day 4
Hello all. I had a stapedotomy on August 29th, 2008. It's been about 12 days since the operation and I don't notice hardly any improvement in my hearing. What concerns me more is the constant sense of imbalance I have when I move my head, lay down or walk around. It's not severe but very noticable and annoying. Anyone have any ideas about how long this might last? I thought the vertigo feeling should have gone by now. I look forward to your feedback.





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