Cochlear Implant Surgery
The surgery is performed under general anesthesia on all patients. Only a very small amount of hair is shaved (if any). A minimally invasive incision measuring approximately 2.5 inches is made behind the ear. The mastoid bone is removed and small hole is placed in the cochlea prior to insertion of the electrode array. The entire surgery typically lasts 1.5 hours.
The surgical team is experienced with the implantation of malformed or ossified cochleae. When this occurs, a variety of alternative surgical techniques and/or electrode arrays may be used.
Some patients will stay over night, and the dressing will be removed the following morning. Pain is typically minimal and most patients are able to resume their normal activity with a week. The surgeon will see you frequently in the post-operative period. The device is typically activated 3 to 4 weeks following surgery.