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I don't have a specific question for you - yet, but wanted to tell you how sorry I am that you've experienced the difficulties that you have. I've tried to read through as many posts as I can, and I am hard pressed to read one which shared such a terrible experience following such a positive one with the first stapedectomy. One would think that having experienced success with the first procedure with what sounds like no complications at all, you would have sailed right through. I wonder if anything was done differently or if the anatomy in your right ear is different? There are too many variables to consider, as I'm sure you know. At any rate, you sound like a very brave person and I wish you the best. How are you feeling now?

I had my procedure on the 2d of Feb. I think I was feeling a little cocky because I had NONE of the symptoms others described. A bit of vertigo on the 2d and 3d day, but that was it. I had no nausea, no vomitting, no pain. Here's the thing though. As silly as it sounds, I woke up post op day one still a bit groggy and blew my nose. As soon as I heard the pop I freaked out. I think I'm ok. Apparently, if you hum and it sounds relatively equal on both sides, it's alright. Yesterday I got in an argument with my daughter (teenager, go figure) and found myself yelling at the top of my lungs. After that, my ear started to hurt a bit. Not, much, but I can tell it's there. Here's the weird part, and I don't know if this is just a post op day 5 thing or what, but I can "hear" my foot steps in my surgery ear...I've read where people feel like they're in an echo chamber or a cave, or can hear their heartbeats, but footsteps??? Am I losing my mind (or my new stapes????)?

I do hope you're feeling better and I hope that something can be done to restore your hearing. I had such an ah-ha moment when you said what you did about people looking at you like you're stupid because they don't know you can't hear...It makes me sad. I feel like I'm missing so much. Still, your experience has made me appreciate my results (hoping I'm still intact) that much more.

Would you mind sharing what you experienced with your first procedure? I just don't know what to expect. Maybe I just need reassurance that I didn't mess it up. BTW, I did tell my doc, and she put me on steriods "just in case". I don't go back until Friday.

Hope you're well.
[QUOTE=rosemary123;4656864]Dear Austraila girl,

I was put on steroids due to the fact that my surgeon and audiologist could not believe the fact that I went from about 20% hearing loss before surgery to 100% hearing loss. Steroids didn't help of course since it wasn't due to inflammation, the surgery had caused permanent nerve damage. Hopefully yours is just due to inflammation. To answer your question about the noises you're hearing, I would describe what I heard after surgery as a radio static noise. I still hear it every now and then but it's not as loud as it was right after surgery. I wanted to ask you if you had any vertigo or nausea/vomiting after surgery?

Thank you for your feedback,
Angelina[/QUOTE]

Hi Angela

The noises I'm hearing could also be described as radio static, I suppose I'll just have to wait until my surgeon returns from holidays & see what he thinks.

In regards to your question about vertigo, yes I did experience vertigo. I considered it to be quite bad for the first couple of days although after reading some peoples posts (on these boards), mine was no-where near as extreme as some. I needed help to walk the first day or two then on the following couple of days I only needed assistance with rising from bed/seat etc.. It was still mildly there when walking or laying back in bed for about 2 weeks and I still get it now (38 days post-op) when walking up or down stairs or when I bend forward. Stairs make me feel like I'm floating. Also the past couple of days I've noticed that I get a big headspin when I put the vaseline cotton ball in my ear before showering. It feels like my eardrum may burst even though the cotton ball is only slightly in the ear.

Thankfully I had no vomiting & only very mild nausea a couple of times.

The only thing I experienced that seems unusual was straight after surgery, I had excessive drainage. I had a full head bandage around my head covering the ear (the surgeon advised me prior to surgery the full bandage would be there upon waking) however while I still had the bandage on approximately 5 hours after surgery, three quarters of the pillow was covered in blood/fluid (which was very alarming considering that amount had seeped out of the tight bandage). The nurse said that happens occassionally. I was then given an IV steroid for about an hour.

I stayed in hospital 2 nights and the surgeon saw me several times during my stay & advised the op was successful. I just wonder whether all that bleeding/fluid has something to do with my current situation.

Good luck with everything.
Teesha
hi guys. thanks for sharing all your experiences and i sympathize with all of you as i am going thru the same ordeal. i had my stapedectomy done on my right ear on 12/13/10. the procedure went well as i could still hear on the operated ear and i was doing fine the until the 4th post op day when the vertigo set in and my hearing seemed to get progressively worse. the next few days were pretty bad as i felt nauseous and dizzy and vomitting. i had lost complete hearing on 6th post op day. i knew something was wrong when i spoke and could only hear my voice on the left side. also the cracking and popping sounds when i yawned were only heard on the left side as well. i called the doctor for some antibiotics in case there was an infection. he didn;t think it was necessary but called it in anyways. i went to see the doctor the following week and everything seemed normal according to the tuning fork test though i did not take the isolation hearing test. about 3 weeks passed since the operation and there was no improvement so i called the office and left a message. the office nurse said that it was normal. i went back on the 14th of this month and had hearing test done and it turns out that i had sustained nerve damage as a result of inflammation. i am now taking steroids and the doc wants to open up the ear drum to see if there is anything that could be corrected. any hopes of regaining hearing would be a long shot though.
so i have some issues that i maybe someone may help me resolve. first, isn't it normal protocol to prescribe antibiotics to prevent any infection? and if there is an infection what would be the symptoms? the doctor thought the dizzyness that occurred on the 4th post op day was unusual since most people experience it the first or second post op day. i don't think the follow up during the recovery process for me was thorough. did anyone else feel the same about there follow up during the recovery? i would like to know your thoughts and any advice. i am praying everyday for a miracle to happen.
[QUOTE=prayforme;4662859]hi guys. thanks for sharing all your experiences and i sympathize with all of you as i am going thru the same ordeal. i had my stapedectomy done on my right ear on 12/13/10. the procedure went well as i could still hear on the operated ear and i was doing fine the until the 4th post op day when the vertigo set in and my hearing seemed to get progressively worse. the next few days were pretty bad as i felt nauseous and dizzy and vomitting. i had lost complete hearing on 6th post op day. i knew something was wrong when i spoke and could only hear my voice on the left side. also the cracking and popping sounds when i yawned were only heard on the left side as well. i called the doctor for some antibiotics in case there was an infection. he didn;t think it was necessary but called it in anyways. i went to see the doctor the following week and everything seemed normal according to the tuning fork test though i did not take the isolation hearing test. about 3 weeks passed since the operation and there was no improvement so i called the office and left a message. the office nurse said that it was normal. i went back on the 14th of this month and had hearing test done and it turns out that i had sustained nerve damage as a result of inflammation. i am now taking steroids and the doc wants to open up the ear drum to see if there is anything that could be corrected. any hopes of regaining hearing would be a long shot though.
so i have some issues that i maybe someone may help me resolve. first, isn't it normal protocol to prescribe antibiotics to prevent any infection? and if there is an infection what would be the symptoms? the doctor thought the dizzyness that occurred on the 4th post op day was unusual since most people experience it the first or second post op day. i don't think the follow up during the recovery process for me was thorough. did anyone else feel the same about there follow up during the recovery? i would like to know your thoughts and any advice. i am praying everyday for a miracle to happen.[/QUOTE]

Hi

My stapedectomy was done on the right ear 01 December 2010. Full details are available on my previous posts.

I was also initially advised surgery was successful. Since waking from surgery I have only heard my voice (when speaking) out of the left side, nothing at all out of operated side. I had a feeling things weren't right however I kept being advised everything progressing as expected.

I went for audiology testing on 06 January 2011, was advised total hearing loss in operated ear, including all sesnory hearing. I was re-admitted to hospital last week & treated with IV steroids for "perilymphatic fistula". I have intense pressure & fullness in ear (feels like it may explode), roaring/schreeching tinnitus & total hearing loss. My surgeon is one of Australias best & he has no idea what went wrong. At this stage I am on full bed rest for the next few weeks to hopefully allow seal to form between inner and middle ear. I've already been off work 7 weeks (with the surgery) & have no idea when I will be able to return. I'm now totally deaf in one ear & have 40% loss in the other, it makes it almost impossible to follow a conversation. I had semi-ok hearing prior to surgery, most people weren't even aware that I had a hearing impairment.

Did your surgeon say what caused your nerve damage to the inner ear??

Like you, I feel a little let down by my post-surgery follow-up. It was Christmas, surgeon was on holidays & it was difficult to get answers from his secretaries. My surgeon ended up returning one week early from holidays to see me but I have to wonder whether earlier intervention would have changed the outcome. I knew for weeks something wasn't right.

To answer your question re antibiotics, I commenced them on the day of surgery as a preventative measure, I'm pretty sure that's standard procedure. Infection following surgery may lead to total hearing loss.

It's certainly difficult to deal with losing your hearing and very upsetting if something could have been done that wasn't.

One of the hardest things for me to cope with is my voice coming out of only one ear, it's driving me insane! If it's still happening to you I'm sure you can relate.

Please keep us updated on your progress, we're all in this together.

Just remember, miracles do happen.
Aussie Girl





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