Primary Endoscopic Stapes Surgery: Audiologic and Surgical Outcomes

Otol Neurotol. 2018 Oct;39(9):1095-1101. doi: 10.1097/MAO.0000000000001958.


Objective: Evaluate outcomes following primary endoscopic stapes surgery.

Study design: Retrospective case series.

Setting: Two tertiary otologic centers.

Patients: Eighty-one ears with surgically confirmed stapes fixation.

Interventions: Total endoscopic stapedotomy or stapedectomy.

Main outcome measures: Surgical and audiologic outcomes.

Results: Eighty-one subjects were included (60% women) with a median age of 47.6 years (range, 19.1-73.6 yr). Etiologies of hearing loss included otosclerosis (96.3%), stapedial ankylosis (2.5%), and congenital stapes fixation (1.2%). The median follow-up was 5.3 months (range, 1.2-50.4 mo). 74.1% required scutum removal, and the chorda tympani nerve was sacrificed in 7.4%. Two techniques were used: 51.9% underwent stapedectomy and 48.1% underwent stapedotomy (with use of laser, drill, or both in 74.4, 20.5, and 5.1% of cases, respectively). The median air-bone gap (ABG) improved from 31.3 dB preoperatively to 6.25 dB postoperatively at last follow-up (p < 0.0001). The ABG closed to less than 15 dB in 96.3% of patients and less than 10 dB in 84%. There were no instances of postoperative sensorineural hearing loss (defined as >15 dB change from baseline) or facial nerve injury. Postoperatively, 29.6% of patients reported dysgeusia, of which 8.3% was persistent at last follow-up. Postoperative disequilibrium was reported in 17.3% of cases, with 100% resolution at last follow-up. Comparison of the stapedotomy and stapedectomy groups revealed no significant differences in audiologic or surgical outcomes.

Conclusions: Endoscopic stapedotomy and stapedectomy are effective techniques to manage stapes fixation resulting in a median postoperative ABG of 6.25 dB and ABG closure to within 10 dB in 84% of patients.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Endoscopy / adverse effects
  • Endoscopy / methods*
  • Female
  • Hearing Loss, Conductive / surgery
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Otologic Surgical Procedures / adverse effects
  • Otologic Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Postoperative Complications / epidemiology
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Stapes Surgery / adverse effects
  • Stapes Surgery / methods*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Young Adult