Otolaryngologists (ear, nose, and throat specialists) perform implant surgery, though not all of them do this procedure. Ideally, an otolaryngologist who has extra years of ear training is available. Fortunately, we have the only fellowship-trained neurotologist in the region, Dr. Kenneth Scott.
Implant surgery is performed under general anesthesia and lasts from two to three hours. An incision is made behind the ear to open the mastoid bone leading to the middle ear. The procedure may be done as an outpatient, or may require a stay in the hospital, overnight or for several days, depending on the device used and the anatomy of the inner ear.