The avoidance and treatment of scalp flap complications in cochlear implant surgery

Erik H. Waldman, John K. Niparko

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Abstract

Successful cochlear implantation produces a durable, reaction-free surgical site that allows the patient to use his/her implant system comfortably with a cosmetically acceptable appearance. The most frequently reported major and minor complications after cochlear implantation are those related to the incision and postauricular scalp flap. Ideal flap design that considers vascularity of the postauricular area, skull anatomy, device design, and proper surgical principles will prevent most complications from occurring. When complications do occur, treatment requires thoughtful and aggressive therapy to avoid further patient discomfort, morbidity, surgery, and dreaded device explantation. It cannot be stressed enough that prevention is the key.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-153
Number of pages5
JournalOperative Techniques in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2005

Keywords

  • Cochlear implant
  • Complications
  • Management
  • Scalp flap

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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