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Hello. I had a stapedectomy on Wednesday Feb 23rd at the Lippy clinic in Warren OH. Dr Berenholz performed the procedure. I am currently about 48 hours post op.

Post op hearing test showed a substantial increase at (I think) 250 & 500 hz. They said the test showed the air hearing level to be pretty close to the level of nerve sensitivity, so that would be about a 30 db improvement in those frequencies.

I had no nausea, but I had pretty intense dizziness like I never felt before during the first few hours, however it subsided enough to the point where I could get dressed and walk around by about 4-5 hours post op. Shortly after that I was discharged. At 48 hours post op, there is still some dizziness when I move my head too rapidly (worse if I move up and down than side to side) but there is noticeable improvement every day.

Other side effects... mild headache, dull pain around the outer ear and right side of my jaw, and the right side of my tongue is a little bit numb. I also have some high pitched tinnitus that comes and goes, which is different than the tinnitus that I had before the surgery, which was more of a low pitched roar or a whooshing sound, kinda like putting your ear on a seashell.

I also had a tremendous amount of bleeding the first day which I did not expect. This seemed to be aggravated by chewing/jaw movement so between that and the numb tongue, I guess I don't have to worry about sitting around overeating while I convalesce. There is also a little bit of pain in my ear when I chew.

As for the hearing, with all the packing in, its hard to evaluate. I can hear some low frequencies that I could not hear before, even through the packing, I guess I would maybe call it the "barrel effect" that some people describe. Or maybe its some kind of resonant peak inside the ear due to the packing? I will say that some low pitched noises are louder already, for example I could hear car engines from outside in my operated ear but not my unoperated ear. I expect this to continue to improve as my ear heals and the packing comes out. Due to the post op hearing test which they do before they put the packing in, I know the procedure was at least initially successful. I have not yet experienced any side effects that would indicate nerve damage, so unless the prosthesis has slipped since I left the clinic, I have no reason to believe there should be any problems. Not all surgeons conduct this post op hearing test, but its incredibly helpful for both the surgeon and the patient. You don't have to wait several weeks to find out if the surgery worked or not, you know pretty much right away.

I have nothing but great things to say about the Lippy clinic. I would highly recommend them. My only complaint was that they didn't give me enough drugs to sleep through the 3 hour post op evaluation period, so I was a bit uncomfortable during that time, but no complaints otherwise. Its been mentioned on the board before but its worth repeating: find the best surgeon you can to do this procedure. I can only imagine how much worse this would be with an inexperienced surgeon.

I'll check back in periodically to update my progress. I hope somebody out there finds this info helpful!
Mspgh

Thinking back, each ear was so different after surgery in so many ways, side effects, result timeline, so forth. I can imagine that no standard exists for how one may progress and experience the results of surgery. You seem to be similar to my progression generally though.
So I am now at about 33 days post op...

I had my follow up visit last Friday and everything looks good. Apparently my fears of hearing loss were a bit premature as my air conduction hearing test on the operated ear shows that hearing has been restored to a normal range up to at least 8kHz. I do feel that extended high frequencies over 8kHz might have been affected a little bit by the surgery but I'm not going to worry about it too much since the overall improvement in my hearing is absolutely TREMENDOUS. Dr Berenholz said there was even a bit of overclosure at around 2kHz where my air conduction is now better than the bone conduction was in that ear pre-op.

Physically I feel pretty good, all the post op side effects are basically gone and all of my restrictions have been lifted. I don't need to limit physical exertion anymore so I started jogging a bit and I resumed some light exercise without any problems.

Obviously, the greatest benefit is a drastic improvement in my hearing. I can keep the volume on the TV turned way down now; I don't have trouble following conversations anymore; I can hear cars and dogs barking and all kinds of noises from outside with the windows closed (I do live in an old house with no insulation in the walls); music sounds better and more detailed-particularly the bass and lower mids, although I am still pretty sensitive to LOUD bass (I guess I have no acoustic reflex anymore so I have to be very careful about loud noise exposure for the rest of my life).

They only minor issue I am having is alot head congestion from a terrible cold I had last week, and the operated ear has been popping alot when I talk and swallow. I think this is probably just due to some fluid in my ears and sinuses and it seems to be working itself out. I was a little bit worried the cold was going to spread to my inner ear but it did not.

Just a couple things about the experience overall...

First, be patient! Its been posted on here a bunch of times, and I sort of got a little worried and impatient over nothing, so you have to remember to relax, take it easy, and be patient while you are recovering.

Second, I give very high marks to the Lippy Clinic and their experienced staff. I highly recommend them.

Third, the psychological impact of a successful stapedectomy is huge. It has done wonders for my mood and mental health. I feel pretty damn good these days, and I'm so glad this is behind me. I think I can delay surgery on my other ear for awhile, so for now I can just enjoy hearing again.

Thanks to all of you that have offered advice and support in this forum, and good luck to those of you suffering from otosclerosis, I hope you find my experience helpful!
[QUOTE=mspgh;4950756]So I am now at about 33 days post op...

I had my follow up visit last Friday and everything looks good. Apparently my fears of hearing loss were a bit premature as my air conduction hearing test on the operated ear shows that hearing has been restored to a normal range up to at least 8kHz. I do feel that extended high frequencies over 8kHz might have been affected a little bit by the surgery but I'm not going to worry about it too much since the overall improvement in my hearing is absolutely TREMENDOUS. Dr Berenholz said there was even a bit of overclosure at around 2kHz where my air conduction is now better than the bone conduction was in that ear pre-op.

Physically I feel pretty good, all the post op side effects are basically gone and all of my restrictions have been lifted. I don't need to limit physical exertion anymore so I started jogging a bit and I resumed some light exercise without any problems.

Obviously, the greatest benefit is a drastic improvement in my hearing. I can keep the volume on the TV turned way down now; I don't have trouble following conversations anymore; I can hear cars and dogs barking and all kinds of noises from outside with the windows closed (I do live in an old house with no insulation in the walls); music sounds better and more detailed-particularly the bass and lower mids, although I am still pretty sensitive to LOUD bass (I guess I have no acoustic reflex anymore so I have to be very careful about loud noise exposure for the rest of my life).

They only minor issue I am having is alot head congestion from a terrible cold I had last week, and the operated ear has been popping alot when I talk and swallow. I think this is probably just due to some fluid in my ears and sinuses and it seems to be working itself out. I was a little bit worried the cold was going to spread to my inner ear but it did not.

Just a couple things about the experience overall...

First, be patient! Its been posted on here a bunch of times, and I sort of got a little worried and impatient over nothing, so you have to remember to relax, take it easy, and be patient while you are recovering.

Second, I give very high marks to the Lippy Clinic and their experienced staff. I highly recommend them.

Third, the psychological impact of a successful stapedectomy is huge. It has done wonders for my mood and mental health. I feel pretty damn good these days, and I'm so glad this is behind me. I think I can delay surgery on my other ear for awhile, so for now I can just enjoy hearing again.

Thanks to all of you that have offered advice and support in this forum, and good luck to those of you suffering from otosclerosis, I hope you find my experience helpful![/QUOTE]

Mspgh

Great to hear, pretty soon you will almost forget how it was before surgery.
My adverse reaction to loud sounds are slowly receeding. Hope yours will also.
Congrats on "normal up to 8K"

"Dr "B" is a "Rock Star" :) and "The Lippy Clinic rocks too"
At 72 I can still express young feelings ;)

Ashton11





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