What is Stapes Surgery or Stapedectomy?

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Stapes is one of the smallest bones present in the human body. This bone helps in transferring sound waves to the inner ear. Stapes surgery or stapedectomy removes the diseased stapes bone and restores hearing. An ENT Surgeon may remove a part or entire stapes bone and substitute it with an artificial device. Consult the best stapedectomy surgeons in India and restore your hearing capability.

Who needs stapes surgery?

One who is suffering from the following conditions needs stapes surgery:

  • Suffering with otosclerosis
  • Difficulty in hearing or hard hearing
  • Air bone gap
  • An outgrowth of the stapes bone
  • Congenital Malformations of the Inner Ear

Apart from these, people who feel their hearing is not improved with hearing aids or have trouble using hearing aids can also go for stapes surgery. Consult the best stapedectomy surgeons in India and get treatment for stapes bone.

How is stapedectomy performed?

Doctors use general anaesthesia for the surgery to mitigate pain. In the surgical procedure, doctors remove the stapes bone and replace it with an artificial device or remove the diseased bone.

  • Using a microscope, the surgeon will view the inner ear and make an incision not more than 1 cm on the skin.
  • Opening the ear canal will allow the surgeon to view ossicles from the external ear.
  • The eardrum is carefully lifted to get a clear view of the malleus, incus and stapes bones.
  • The stapes bone is separated from the malleus and incus using surgical instruments.
  • With the help of laser technology or drilling method, doctors can remove the outgrowth of the stapes bone.
  • If doctors remove the stapes bone, then a tiny implant which looks like the stapes bone is inserted in the place of a stapes bone. The implant is then attached to the malleus bone.
  • The implant is placed at the base of the stapes bone or sealed with a piece of nearby fat. After implantation, the eardrum is carefully restored to its original position.
  • Stapedectomy is completed in less than 1.5 hours. The patient needs to stay in the hospital for 1-2 days and be relieved when all the vitals are stable.
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How does stapes surgery benefit hearing?

Stapes surgery will restore hearing capacity without using hearing aids. It also Reduces the:

  • Dizziness
  • Tinnitus
  • Otosclerosis
  • Vertigo
  • Improves balance in the ear

Tips for a better and speedy recovery from the surgery:

  • Pause your daily workout for 2-3 weeks
  • Avoid sudden head movements and bending. Slowly start physical activities
  • Go for a walk for at least 30 mins
  • Avoid air travel, cool drinks, and ice creams and drink lukewarm water for a week
  • Follow the doctor’s prescription and consult if any problem occurs.


The surgery cost for stapedectomy relies on different factors like the number of days in the hospital, treatment method, medication, diagnostic tests, etc. Consult your ENT specialist and ask for the surgery cost. Book your appointment with Dr.Shree Rao one of the best stapedectomy surgeons in india.

Stapedectomy is a surgical procedure, and a hearing aid is a temporary or alternative method to restore hearing loss. Both methods are useful in treating hearing loss. A hearing aid might be cost-effective, but it creates inconvenience and insecurity while wearing it. Regular monitoring and frequent recharging are necessary for hearing aids. Stapedectomy might be expensive, but it is usually covered by insurance, unlike hearing aids. Hearing aids are considered for those who can not undergo surgery.

The success rate for stapes surgery is more than 95%. Complications associated with surgery are less than 1%. After the surgery, one can restore their hearing in less than 4 weeks by following healthy habits and medication.

The complications associated with stapes surgery are very few and can be recovered in 2-3 months. They are:

  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Infection or pain at the surgery
  • Tinnitus
  • Facial weakness

After stapedectomy, more than 95% of patients notice an improvement in hearing. Stapedectomy benefits those who do not want to have hearing aids. Less than 1% have no change in hearing level. Consult the best stapedectomy surgeons in India for a successful surgery.

Why consult EarSurgeon, Dr. Shree Rao?

Dr. Shree Cuddapah Rao is acclaimed as one of the best stapedectomy surgeons in India. With 10+ years of deep domain experience in the field of ENT, she is the director at Dr. Rao’s ENT Super Specialty Hospital. She underwent specialized training in Rhinoplasty / Facial Plastic surgery at Singapore General Hospital, Singapore. She also underwent advanced training in cochlear implant surgery under Padmashri Dr. Milind V Kirtane and had a Fellowship in a cochlear implant. Having performed over 200 successful cochlear implants for patients worldwide, Dr. Shree Cuddapah Rao is also the recipient of several prestigious accolades in the domain of ENT. Dr. Shree Rao is one of the best ent doctor in hyderabad, to book an appointment click here.

About Dr. Shree C Rao


Dr. Shree Cuddapah Rao, an ENT (Ear-Nose-Throat) surgeon, is a superspecialist microsurgeon in Otology and Cochlear implant surgeries. With 10+ years of deep domain experience in medical and surgical ENT, she is quite fittingly, the Head of the Cochlear Implant team at Dr. Rao’s ENT

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