Four key questions on the osseointegrated implant surgery

Written by: Dr. José Ignacio Undabeitia Santisteban
Edited by: Top Doctors®


Dr. Jose Ignacio is Undabeitia Santisteban otolaryngologist and belongs to Top Doctors. As an expert in bone anchored hearing implants we explain the details of this surgery.


& iquest;What are osseointegrated implants


They are devices hearing aids that are anchored to the bone, so called osseointegrated. They have two parts: one part physically anchored, embedded in the bone of the head, behind and above the ear. And a second outer portion, which is the processor that conducts sound to the bone of the head directly transmitted to the inner ear. That's a bone anchored implant is known rather for its acronym in English, BAHA, meaning. Helps bone anchored hearing


& iquest;That people can take this implant


This implant has a first indication very clear that patients are those whose natural route of transmission of sound: ear, ear canal, eardrum… not work well, but have retained the inner ear or acceptable. This is most of them patients with half - chronic otitis, operated or not, often operated several times. Also patients with otosclerosis, either operated or not, or who have trouble operated. And also that all patients with congenital problems, for birth defects because they have altered the anatomy of your ear, your middle ear, or, the external auditory canal. This is the clearest indication and first implant. Patients with the natural route of transmission of sound affected with acceptable with good inner ear.


& iquest;They recover one hundred percent of the audition


If we choose the candidate in a position, if we choose well the candidate will have a high degree of satisfaction. Provided that the applicant, as I say, the patient with problems of this type, their natural way of hearing provides acceptable or good inner ear, the degree of satisfaction is great. is never one hundred percent with any type of device, but the satisfaction is great and very patient leverages these devices.


& iquest, consisting in its placement


Your placement has two parts: the first is a surgical part is very mild, very simple, it is done with local anesthesia and sedation that is to put in place in the bone behind the ear and above, the implant osseointegrated. This implant with four to six weeks osteointegra and on and you can place the external prosthesis, which would be the second phase. simple surgery with local anesthesia for placement of the implant in the bone, behind and above the ear, sedation and local anesthesia. And past four - six weeks comes the second phase is to place the processor and the implant and when the patient begins to hear, the device begins to enjoy as I say, if the patient is well chosen will give us complete satisfaction.


*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. José Ignacio Undabeitia Santisteban

Dr. Undabeitia is a reputed audiologist. Currently he is the Head of the Section of Otology the University Hospital of Cruces in Vizcaya. It has the highest professional standards, level IV (Senior Consultant) professional group of doctors and technicians optional. He is the Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of the Basque Country at the Teaching Unit of the University Hospital of Cruces-Vizcaya and Medical Tutor of postgraduates of Otolaryngology at the University Hospital of Cruces-Vizcaya.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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