I had a Stapendectomy implant about 15 years ago in the ...

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I had a Stapendectomy implant about 15 years ago in the UK. The implant,as can now judge, started to fail during 2005 but without being detected during visits to my local Hospital Hearing Centre. The result was that unknown to me, my implant had 'broken down'. Earlier this year (2006) I flew to the USA with a severe head cold and with the unknown 'failing implant'. This combination resulted in my getting Pneumococal (Bacterial) Meningitis whilst in the USA, which was very serious. After treatment for the Meningitis I was introduced to an American ENT Specialist who suggested he "was the wrong person to deal with this" and referred me to a 'pure ear' Specialist. My subsequent operation was performed under local anaesthetic and recovery only took a few hours. I had to wait for the ear to heal before I could fly home, about 6 weeks in all. The effects I had experienced during my first operation (sickness and giddiness, referred to by another subscriber on this site) were non-existent after this operation and I can honestly say that my ear has never been as good with all 'new techology' used to repair the first implant. It was truly painless and easy and should now last for ever. Stainless steel components are used for better durability. I am now contemplating having my other ear operated on early 2007. I am sharing my experience for anybody else who may have doubts about their implant who could, under the wrong circumstances have the same experience as myself and not be as fortunate as I in being in the right place at the right time to get help and have everything fixed.

Hope this helps somebody.

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    oh how glad I am I found this web site. Like you my stapes prosthesis became dislodged, misplaced whatever the correct terminology is, it was not painful, I was only aware that something as going on because I could tell my hearing was tailing off and I was so worried about it. Went to see theENT surgeon, looked in the ear and was aghast to see the prosthesis poking out of the ear drum - said he had never seen it in 250 stapedectomies he had performed - just my luck! - good news or at least I hope I am going into hospital on 18 th June to have a differet prosthesis (called a bucket handle) inserted under local anaesthetic and am hoping hoping hoping it is succesful. Very reassuring to read from your message that under local its not so traumatic - first time round i found it pretty hard going - not so much the op itself but I got an infection post op and had to be on iv antibiotics for 7 days lying flat on the old back - should have been in hospital for 3 days and ended up in for 10 - for next Tuesday i want in and out asasp.

    many thanks for posting your message - raised my spirits and optimism

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    HI Jennifer,

    Sounds like you have been through it all with Stapedectomy....please keep writing and share any news, views or latest results, symptoms ect....

    Most important what's the name of your surgeon and which Hospital does he operate from? He sounds quite experienced....250 Stapedectomies to his name is not bad at all.

    Look forward to your next message.

    All the best

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    Hi

    you are a very brave person, iam glad you are much better, I feel more confident now to go a head with the operation, if you could be so kind and email me the name of your surgeon and which Hospital does he operate from? He sounds quite experienced.

    Looking forward to hearing from you

    Many thanks

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    hi

    I have experienced the same problem.I had a surgery done in 1997

    it was not a success .it is getting worse and worse.Ilive in canada(montreal) and it will be a good help if you can tell me the name of the surgeon and hospital in the USA you had your operation done.

    many thanks for your help

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    Hi,

    Could you please forward me the name of the surgeon and the particular technique used as well as the hospital. How experienced was he, sounds like he knows his stuff and it seems less traumatic done under local.

    Thanks,

    A

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