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Endolymphatic Sac Surgery

Endolymphatic Sac Surgery is an ear surgery performed to place a small shunt in the endolymphatic fluid sac, to improve symptom control (vertigo in particular) in select patients with Meniere’s disease. Patients with Meniere’s disease typically experience attacks of vertigo lasting more than 20 minutes, associated with hearing loss/tinnitus/fullness in one ear.

Surgery is performed under general anesthesia, with a nerve monitor to monitor the facial nerve during the operation. Patients typically are discharged home from the hospital the same day as the surgery.

The surgery is performed under a high-power microscope, as the structures involved are very small and delicate. Skin incisions are typically made behind the ear. A stent is fashioned from silicone to place in the sac.

After the procedure, your surgeon will provide you with information about postoperative care.

If you would like to learn more about this procedure, please contact the Kingston Ear InstituteTM to arrange a consultation.