Introducing endoscopic ear surgery into practice

Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2013 Apr;46(2):245-55. doi: 10.1016/j.otc.2012.10.009. Epub 2012 Dec 20.


The otolaryngologist will find in this article a direct and frank discussion and useful advice for how to get started performing solely endoscopic ear surgery for abnormalities of the middle ear. The author provides discussion and photos based on his experience with this procedure. Presented herein are selection of the endoscope, how to approach the first fully endoscopic procedure, patient selection, preoperative planning, setting up the operating room, pitfalls typically encountered, and how to gain skills to perform this procedure successfully.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cholesteatoma, Middle Ear / physiopathology
  • Cholesteatoma, Middle Ear / surgery
  • Ear, Middle / physiopathology
  • Ear, Middle / surgery*
  • Endoscopy / methods*
  • Endoscopy / trends
  • Female
  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures / methods
  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures / trends
  • Otolaryngology / standards
  • Otolaryngology / trends
  • Otologic Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Otologic Surgical Procedures / trends
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'
  • Surgery, Computer-Assisted / methods*
  • Tympanoplasty / methods