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    Old 03-29-2011, 11:09 AM   #31
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    Re: Post-Op Stapedectomy Expectations

    BillCindy1: I'm very glad to hear you feel the surgery was well worth it and would do it all over again! I'm sorry though that the results were not as fully realized yet. Hopefully after a few more weeks your hearing will improve or maybe something moved around? My doctor said that after 6 months, hearing should be at the level it will remain.

    If the nasal spray doesn't improve your clogged feeling, I would definitely get a tube. I've never had it done, but what I've read it seems a very simple procedure that actually needs to be repeated (if it turns out to be worthwhile) because the ear heals up by itself. So I really see it as nothing to lose.

    I am back from my flight to California. As I thought, ascending caused very strange sensation in my operated ear. It felt like it was going to pop but never would, then slowly come back to almost normal (and then we would ascend again lol). Of course, as with being in my car, descending feels much better. It's odd though, that my other ear does not seem to have any reaction to changing elevation- the adjustment must be very... graceful (best word I could come up with).

    I also semi-popped my ears after coming back home. I held my nose and blew just enough to cause a reaction in the operated ear. This actually seemed to help the discomfort after it re-adjusted.

    It seems my only complaints/concerns now are that when I swallow my operated ear has a much stronger reaction/louder sound than my right ear, when I lay down the pressure seems to build, and when I change elevation the pressure adjustment is uncomfortable. My hearing, gratefully, seems almost equal to my right ear (but only when I am able to equalize the pressure in my left ear).

    I see my doctor in 3 days (this will be almost 2 months since the operation) for my first post-op hearing test. Depending on if my ear is equalized at his office I may have improved hearing and I may not. I will keep this updated.

    I apologize for the long post this time!

     
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    Old 03-29-2011, 11:34 AM   #32
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    Re: Post-Op Stapedectomy Expectations

    Oh studentryan...THANK YOU FOR THE LONG reply. I really need to talk with someone about this. and your posts really help me feel better.
    Was wondering if you could help me with the tube in ear. I want to find out about it and what to expect..I just did a search on here and found someone with them...not a good thing to read...scared me to death closed the box and said forgot it -then thought wait they put them in children. so your response has been most helpful...how do i research

    I want to semi-pop my ears too..but I am scared to. I did do it last week and scared myself. things did get lil clearer and pressure was wonderful. then it closed up again..My dr. said I can blow my nose but not to a point where I force pop my ears so i guess I still need to be careful...I do not want to lose what I have

    You hit it on the head with your pressure issue. while I was having the test thepressure feelingwas so bad I was having difficulties even focusing on the sounds..hmmm wonder if my hearing might be better after the pressure is gone and my ears can pop... Can def. say when I have the pressure my hearing doesn t seem as good... Can i ask you..do you ever get the slight dizziness feeling with the pressure..

    Thank you so much for your reply...I so needed that today...

     
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    Re: Post-Op Stapedectomy Expectations

    I'm glad my posts are helping you! Please only try popping your ears when you are ready! As I said I just semi-popped mine 1 day ago (more than 1.5 months since the surgery). Part of the waiting was fear that it would mess something up (I just went back to the gym yesterday too! I'm overly cautious, but it IS my hearing) and part of it was thinking "what if this doesn't work, then I will feel like I have no options that might make me feel better". Let me know when/if and what happens if you decide to pop your ears.

    As I said, I've never had a tube in my ear but it seems like they just make a small incision in your ear drum and then place a small tube to keep it open for a while. The ear drum begins to heal and the tube just falls out. It's meant to clear the fluid from your middle ear which causes the pressure feeling. It seems like a very small procedure compared to Stapedectomies!

    I almost thought of asking my doctor to perform this procedure before agreeing to stapedectomy as the symptoms were very similar to what I was experiencing. But 3 different ear specialists (two of which are associated with the two universities in my state) all said it was Otosclerosis and the stapedectomy would work.

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    Old 03-29-2011, 06:35 PM   #34
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    Re: Post-Op Stapedectomy Expectations

    Hi Askrkrao,

    I had a stapedectomy 19 days ago with Dr. Marc Kayem. He is great and very experienced with the surgery. Let me know if you have any questions and I would be happy to help. :-)

    Nico

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    Old 04-01-2011, 11:57 AM   #35
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    Re: Post-Op Stapedectomy Expectations

    student ryan....

    how did you make out with your hearing test today????

    Hope you received great news....

     
    Old 04-06-2011, 01:09 PM   #36
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    Re: Post-Op Stapedectomy Expectations

    BillCindy1:

    Sorry for the delayed reply.

    I have great news from my doctor. My hearing before the surgery was at 50 decibels in the lower range. As of last week (1 month after surgery), it was at 25 decibels which is within the normal range of hearing although at the very low end. So my hearing has improved.

    I asked about the pressure feeling/adjustment when changing elevation. He said it was most likely from the healing process in my middle ear. Apparently, they aren't sure how exactly the middle ear heals itself but it takes awhile.

    The doctor told me to come back in 6-7 months for my last hearing test.
    So, overall much needed positive news.

    How has your recovery been coming?

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    Old 04-06-2011, 04:02 PM   #37
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    Re: Post-Op Stapedectomy Expectations

    Glad to hear from you studentryan....

    Still the same no improvement in my hearing. I am going in next week for a cat scan and then the next day to my doctor. Last week on Tues or Wed. I started hearing static sound in my ear...drove me batty to say the least. over the weekend it really started to wear on me so I figured I might want to ask. I still have the popping..clicking...crunching sound..pressure not to bad but I have this feeling daily like something is in there weird. So we talked on the phone and he said he wanted an xray to see what is going on in there and he will not put a tube unless it is needed ....so that made me feel better. I feel like my hearing has gotten worse but it could be because of the static. Last Friday my ear popped and the static got louder...scared me to say the least..all I kept thinking was not louder....Mostly I hear like I have a blockage in my canal.... I still can hear my finger rub on a cotton ball or even just putting my finger in there to rub it is louder then my left ear thats for sure. One thing that has improved is my dizziness...It seems like it is getting better.... : )

    Someone actually messaged me and said they had the same as I am experiecing and it was fluid and the healing process.... and she was about where I am in recovery and felt she was destended to be deaf then things started happening for her.......so I am keeping my fingers crossed that this catscan will give us some reasons...

    It seems like I am accepting my results better then I was a week ago....I was a mess to say the least...I hate to say this..but I never even thought it might not work or not give me the results I am looking for... but my hearing is still better then before surgery.I still need my hearing aid BUT i can hear my alarm clock and if you talk loud that too...so I have improved alittle...I am looking at this as some need glasses to help our vision..I need a hearing aid to help me with this...

    I do feel like my doctor is not giving up..Once i have the catscan next week I think I will have some idea what will come next....

     
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    Re: Post-Op Stapedectomy Expectations

    Glad to hear you are feeling better about the surgery. I agree that you may have fluid in your ear from the recovery process. I had similar feelings that eventually dissipated. Let us know the results from your CAT Scan.

     
    Old 06-21-2011, 05:36 PM   #39
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    Re: Post-Op Stapedectomy Expectations

    Student ryan..

    Wondering how your hearing was now . I believe you were alittle ahead of me on my first surgery in Feb. I am now 18 days post op from my revision stapedectomy on June 3rd

     
    Old 06-22-2011, 08:18 AM   #40
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    Re: Post-Op Stapedectomy Expectations

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    Student ryan..

    Wondering how your hearing was now . I believe you were alittle ahead of me on my first surgery in Feb. I am now 18 days post op from my revision stapedectomy on June 3rd
    I believe my hearing is almost fine. I am past all the post-op difficulties now. However, as I've complained both before and after the surgery, my operated ear does not adjust to changing pressure/elevation. This is very annoying because I live in a mountainous region of the US, where just going to the store causes problems. When my ear is equalized, it feels fine, when it isn't, it is very annoying. Also, when I wake up in the morning my ear is all messed up. Maybe it's an inner ear thing??

    How are you doing? What was your revision for?

     
    Old 06-22-2011, 10:34 AM   #41
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    Re: Post-Op Stapedectomy Expectations

    I had a revision to the surgery done in Feb. My presthesis was not positioned correctly... He said scar tissue/ artery pushed it out of position. He needed to remove some of the footplate..and really build up the piston with lots of tissue. This revision was something I was not sure that I would go thru.. being how my first surgery effected me... I was so down after it and didn t want to go there again.. Took me abit to accept that it did not work as it should have. But after almost 4 months I went back in with the attitude of trying one more time before giving up-I had complete confidence in my dr. And I would accept what hearing I had in the end..plus I still had my hearing aid and would be fine. I honestly never even thought it would not work the first time. I ended up with about 50% hearing after 1st surgery and had to wear a hearing aid to function..and I adjusted w/time and it was fine. my doctor felt confident that going back in would help me out. I had dizziness after 1st surgery and also a static sound in that ear...annoying as heck. My doctor was not happy with my dizziness and said the piston was causing it out of position.

    June 3rd we tried again and things were different from my first..thats for sure. I couldn t walk for about 4 days...had no balance so I needed someone to help me to the bathroom but it was ok..I also had such an amplified sound in my head if I did anything..scratching..talking..brushing my teeth.. it was painful. My doctor called me several times and said all of this was due to him having to open this area up more to fix it But things started to change 4 days later. Dizziness was not so bad and my balance was just about back..I was walking slow but feeling better. Wed. am while in bed...I was woken up with a sound ..some sort of whining I never heard that before as my hearing aid is not in when I go to bed.. LOL my dog crying to get up on my bed.. I still had my packing in and it freaked me out. I actually thought I heard my hubby snoring during that night but thought my imagination..no way My hearing clogged up two days later...then got alittle better two days after that. Packing out on Monday and high fived by doctor because I could hear him. The only problem I had with this surgery was a swimmers ear infection in my other ear that wears the hearing aid.caused by the hearing aid scratching inside..and my goodness did it hurt..worse then after the surgery...

    I am now on day 19 of post op...things are going well..but I take one day at a time. I know how recovery can be so I am taking it slow...I have been dealing with the congestion in my ear alittle...like under water when I talk I guess but not effecting my heairng much at all... sudafed seems to help. I have allergies and they are acting up now. I think everyone is having allergy problems right now AWFUL!. My hearing is good...not sure what I have back...time will tell..and also my hearing test in 5 weeks.. .But I also know that the next 5 weeks of healing are so important and anything can happen... I find that in the mornings my ear congestion can be more ..due to sleeping all night...But I also know that the inner packing is dissolving.. I find myself forgetting that it hasn t even been three weeks

    Your problem sure does sound like it is inner ear.. How is your balance? does it effect that also. How is your other ear?? Is that effected with otosclersis (sp?) I will have my other ear done next year.

    So good to hear from you!!!!!

     
    Old 06-25-2011, 10:41 AM   #42
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    Re: Post-Op Stapedectomy Expectations

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    I am now on day 19 of post op...things are going well..but I take one day at a time. I know how recovery can be so I am taking it slow...I have been dealing with the congestion in my ear alittle...like under water when I talk I guess but not effecting my heairng much at all... sudafed seems to help. I have allergies and they are acting up now. I think everyone is having allergy problems right now AWFUL!. My hearing is good...not sure what I have back...time will tell..and also my hearing test in 5 weeks.. .But I also know that the next 5 weeks of healing are so important and anything can happen... I find that in the mornings my ear congestion can be more ..due to sleeping all night...But I also know that the inner packing is dissolving.. I find myself forgetting that it hasn t even been three weeks

    Your problem sure does sound like it is inner ear.. How is your balance? does it effect that also. How is your other ear?? Is that effected with otosclersis (sp?) I will have my other ear done next year.

    So good to hear from you!!!!!

    Glad your hearing has improved!! I'm glad I didn't go through what you did- i would have been very disheartened for sure! Please let us know about your next hearing check. (Mine won't be until October- I need to find a new Doctor because I'm moving to Cali before then).

    My balance is fine, I have no trouble driving. My other ear is perfectly natural, its just like my left ear doesn't adjust well. There aren't any current problems in my right ear thankfully!

     
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