Mini-incision for pediatric cochlear implantation with a MED-EL device

Bayazit Y. A. , Goksu N., Ozbilen S.

ORL-JOURNAL FOR OTO-RHINO-LARYNGOLOGY AND ITS RELATED SPECIALTIES, vol.69, no.5, pp.311-315, 2007 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Objective: Minimal invasive approaches have been described for cochlear implantation. However, the number of reports about minimal invasive approaches for MED-EL devices is sparse. In this technical note, we describe our pediatric cochlear implantation and incision techniques for MED-EL devices. Methods: Among 92 cochlear implantations performed between November 2002 and November 2006, there were 32 consecutive pediatric cochlear implantations with MED-EL devices which were performed between July 2005 and October 2006. In our technique, standard posterior tympanotomy and cochleostomy were performed after 4- to 5- cm mini-incisions in the postauricular region. However, suture fixations were not used for the implant receiver nor its electrode. Results: There were 14 girls and 18 boys with a mean age of 3.9 years. The mean follow-up duration was 5.8 months. No flap necrosis, hematoma or infection, nor implant migration, extrusion or breakdown were encountered. Revision surgery was performed in 3 patients due to cochlear ossification, perilymph leakage and extracochlear implantation. Conclusion: MED-EL implantation can be performed using small incisions without suture fixation of the receiver and its electrode. Copyright (c) 2007 S. Karger AG, Basel.