What is an ossiculoplasty?

An ossiculoplasty is a surgical procedure that is done to repair the tiny bones that are found in the middle ear. These bones play an important role in hearing. During this operation the bones are either reshaped or replaced with tiny prostheses.


How does the procedure work?

This operation is done under general anaesthetic in hospital. If the bones are found to be damaged or not connected properly to one another, then they can be repaired by this surgical procedure. The existing bones can be reshaped or prostheses can be used to repair the damage and improve hearing.


Why is it performed?

This procedure is performed when the tiny bones of hearing are damaged due to chronic infection or trauma to the head. The aim of this surgery is to improve the patient’s hearing.


How should I prepare for the procedure?

Ossiculoplasty is always performed under general anaesthetic in a hospital. You will be given specific instructions before your date of surgery instructing you when to stop eating/drinking and specific medication that may be needed before or after surgery. 


What can I expect after the surgery?

A dissoveable dressing is placed in the ear to help with healing. We pay very careful attention to managing your pain after the procedure. It is recommended that your ear is kept away from water. It usually takes a few weeks to notice the final effect on hearing after the surgery is performed. Your doctor will see you regularly afterwards to assess your recovery.