When the bones of the middle ear involved with hearing have become damaged or have lost mobility from infection or conditions like otitis media, or have been subjected to trauma, an ossiculoplasty can be helpful. This procedure is used by your pain management doctor in Las Vegas, NV to reconstruct or repair these bones, or even improve the movement by reshaping of the bones or implanting prostheses.
What Concerns Are Associated With An Ossiculoplasty Procedure?
This procedure is generally safe and complications are rare, however, as with all medical procedures, some risks exist, though they occur only rarely. These complications are:
- Problems related to anesthesia
- Infections at the surgery site causing tightness, inflammation, pain, and occasional discharge or bleeding.
- Infections can also occur internally, resulting in a foul-smelling discharge to issue from the ear, sometimes mixed with blood. Some discharge and bleeding are normal following the surgery.
- Allergic reactions to any materials used before, during, or after the procedure.
- An alteration to how things taste caused by damage to a nerve that runs through the space around the ear.
If you have any concerns or experience any of these complications contact your physician immediately for a consultation and follow-up.
How Should I Prepare For The Procedure?
You will be invited to attend a pre-operative assessment clinic where a nurse specialist will discuss the details of the operation with you. During this assessment, certain tests may be performed, including blood tests, x-rays, and an EKG. Your habits involving tobacco and alcohol use will be discussed, and any medications you may currently be taking. In some cases you may be required to stop eating, drinking, and chewing gum for a period prior to the operation. Additionally, you will need to come to the clinic ready for the operation having bathed and performed normal daily hygiene.
What Is Recovery From An Ossiculoplasty Like?
Following the surgery, you’ll have your vitals taken and regular monitoring of your breathing, wounds, and blood pressure will begin. Drowsiness is often experienced for a period of several hours following the procedure and patients will often be provided with oxygen to aid in alertness until they feel more awake. You will be able to return to normal movement as soon as you feel able, though dizziness is often present in the period immediately following the procedure. Typically you will be kept in the hospital overnight and discharged the following day, though in some cases patients are released the same day based on their physician’s advisement.
In the weeks following the procedure, the following will be necessary:
- At least a week of work in the case of light work, two weeks may be required if your job is more physical.
- Painkillers for relief from surgical pain will be prescribed if necessary.
- Ear Care including at least daily changing of the cotton over the ear pack, and placement of Vaseline smeared cotton into the ear prior to bathing that is immediately replaced with dry wool afterward.
If you have additional questions about this procedure and whether it is right for you, contact Dr. Yevgeniy Khavkin at the Khavkin Clinic for a consultation.