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Labyrinthectomy is an ear surgery occasionally performed to improve symptom control (vertigo in particular) in select patients with Meniere’s disease who have poor hearing in the affected ear. 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 day after 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. The balance (vestibular) portions of the inner ear are removed.

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.