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Stapedectomy is an ear surgery performed to replace a fixed/hardened stapes bone (otosclerosis). There are three hearing bones (ossicles): the malleus, incus, and stapes. If the stapes is fixed, hearing is impaired, typically producing a conductive hearing loss.

Surgery is performed under general anesthesia, with a nerve monitor to monitor the facial nerve during the operation. Most patients will be discharged from the hospital the same day, typically a few hours after the operation.

The surgery is performed under a high-power microscope, as the structure being replaced (stapes) is very small and delicate. Most incisions are made in the ear canal. Typically, a titanium prosthesis is used to replace the stapes.

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.

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