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Old 09-22-2012, 07:16 PM   #1
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I am recently diagnosed with otosclerosis. I saw an ENT who is sending me to see a specialist for the surgery, can anyone who has had the surgery tell me the maximum time out for work? I am extremely concerned as my job demands precise hearing. Is there any anyone out there who have had this procedure done that know how long it took to get them back to work and fully functional? Any information would be appreciated, thanks!!!

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Old 09-29-2012, 07:05 PM   #2
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Re: otosclerosis/stapedectomy

I was diagnosed with Otosclerosis in Albuquerque in 1983. I had a left ear Stapedectomy (replace stapes w/an artificial one) at the age of 28. I cannot remember how long I was out of work but clearly remember that it was ESSENTIAL to keep my head perfectly still for a period of time after surgery; too long ago to remember details of recovery time. I do want to reassure you that my hearing was drastically improved by the surgery. In fact, while I was on the operating table (anesthesthesized but awake) I remember the moment they replaced the stapes because the surgeons' voices changed from muffled and unclear to perfectly understandable! So, no matter what, get the stapedectomy - it's well worth it.

Old 09-29-2012, 07:54 PM   #3
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Re: otosclerosis/stapedectomy


I have had stapedectomies in both my ears. I was out of work for one week. but I know that some people are out of work for two to three. I really depends on your type of work. I will say that the week I started back to work I was totally wiped out and was looking forward to an evening nap. I had my packing taken out 10 days after my surgery and after that sound was sooo loud but I put a cotton ball in my ear and really it was not bad at all... Have you spoken with your surgeon about what he thinks ??? I do know that when they took out my packing with my second ear stapedectomy my hearing was really weird..tunnel and donald duck like but it cleared up after a week..Dr. said that was due to all the blood and it still was healing.. My first surgery was different..he took out the packing and everything was loud and clear and never tunnel sounds or donald ea. surgery is different

Good luck. I do not regret my surgeries at all. I am so happy to finally have two ears that work. My Dr. is a miracle worker for sure.

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