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You are making the right decision as to not choosing a physician who is new to this procedure. Find one that does many of these all the time. Actually my first ENT told me he used to do them, but not enough to gain profeciency.. so he stopped doing them. I appreciated his honesty and he suggested a doctor for me.

I have set up surgery with Dr. Molony at Ochsner Hospital. When I met him, I asked what his success rate was, asked him if I could contact one of his previous patients who had the surgery, and he showed me the old and new audiograms of his recent patients who had stapedectomies...noting the improvement in hearing. In other words, make a doctor back up his profeciency. And, don't get both ears done at one time..but most doctors would not do that anyways.

My sister, mom, and cousin all have had this surgery done with good results. Dr. Shea's clinic in Memphis is supposed to be fantastic...I just have issues with his age...Good luck and keep in touch!
[QUOTE=Sallyndh;3876315]You are making the right decision as to not choosing a physician who is new to this procedure. Find one that does many of these all the time. Actually my first ENT told me he used to do them, but not enough to gain profeciency.. so he stopped doing them. I appreciated his honesty and he suggested a doctor for me.

I have set up surgery with Dr. Molony at Ochsner Hospital. When I met him, I asked what his success rate was, asked him if I could contact one of his previous patients who had the surgery, and he showed me the old and new audiograms of his recent patients who had stapedectomies...noting the improvement in hearing. In other words, make a doctor back up his profeciency. And, don't get both ears done at one time..but most doctors would not do that anyways.

My sister, mom, and cousin all have had this surgery done with good results. Dr. Shea's clinic in Memphis is supposed to be fantastic...I just have issues with his age...Good luck and keep in touch![/QUOTE]

Hi Sally-

Dr. Shea performed a revision stapedectomy on my right ear that was completely messed up (twice) by an otolaryngologist less than half his age. Yes, he may be in his eighties, but he invented the procedure, has performed more than 40,000 of them, and the right one was so successful that I had him do the left one recently and my hearing has been restored to levels I haven't heard in many years. The best part was that after insurance paid their share, the cost to me was 1/3 of what I paid for my hearing aids. He runs his own surgical center, which keeps costs down, and he (along with the entire staff) have been the best medical staff I have ever dealt with. I couldn't have been more comfortable with my entire experience there. Of course, YMMV, but for me personally, I couldn't be more pleased with my outcome. Best of luck in whatever you decide.





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