Hearing outcome following laser-assisted stapes surgery

Pierre Garin, Sandrine Van Prooyen-Keyser, Jacques Jamart

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This article reports the postoperative results of 76 operations addressing otosclerosis. All procedures were performed by the same surgeon and took place within a 4-year period. We compared the postoperative audiometric results of 54 laser-assisted procedures with those of 22 nonlaser operations. Our findings revealed a statistically significant improvement in the air-bone gap closure of the laser-operated patients: the air-bone gap was narrowed to within 10 dB in 72% of laser-operated cases versus 54% in nonlaser cases. Furthermore, laser use does not induce high-frequency sensorineural hearing loss. We believe that a laser entails less risk of inner ear microtrauma and improves the accuracy and reliability of stapedotomy.

langue originaleAnglais
Pages (de - à)31-34
Nombre de pages4
journalJournal of Otolaryngology
Numéro de publication1
Etat de la publicationPublié - 15 avr. 2002
Modification externeOui

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