Cochlear Implant Surgery in India
Since 2008 India has witnessed a sudden increase in number of patients coming to India for Cochlear implant surgery. Patients with hearing defects come to India mainly from the Middle East countries like Oman and Iran and from a few Western world countries. But before undergoing an implant surgery a patient is screened for eligibility. There are a number of factors that determine the degree of success to expect from the operation and the device. Cochlear implant centers in India determine implant eligibility on an individual basis and take into account a person's hearing history, cause of hearing loss, amount of residual hearing, speech recognition ability, health status, and family commitment to aural habilitation/rehabilitation. An eligible candidate is described as having severe to profound sensorineural hearing impairment in both ears and having lived at least a short amount of time without hearing (approximately 70+ decibel hearing loss, on average). Also it is taken care in India that the patient is having no medical reason to avoid surgery.
The device is surgically implanted under a general anesthetic, and the operation usually takes from 3 to 5 hours. First a small area of the scalp directly behind the ear is shaved and cleaned. Then a small incision is made in the skin just behind the ear and the surgeon drills into the mastoid bone and the inner ear where the electrode array is inserted into the cochlea. The patient stays in the hospital for 1 to 2 days.
Just like every medical procedure, the surgery involves a certain amount of risk; in this case, the risks include skin infection, onset of (or change in) tinnitus, damage to the vestibular system, and damage to facial nerves that can cause muscle weakness and impaired facial sensation. There is also the risk of device failure, usually where the incision does not heal properly. This occurs in 2% of cases and the device must be removed. The operation also destroys any residual hearing the patient may have in the implanted ear; as a result, some doctors advise single-ear implantation, saving the other ear in case a biological treatment becomes available in the future.
Heal & Wheel India’s role in your surgical trip …
Before coming to India for the surgery you will be in constant communication with our expert panel of surgeons here in India, They will advise you to lose weight if you are overweight. Every minute detail will be taken care off before and after the surgery for example placing things within reach in your house, usage of raised toilet seats, shower table etc.
Healing takes on an average 2 weeks (the heal period is usually longer for children than adults) during which the wound must be kept dry; the implant is turned on or "activated". Heal & Wheel ensures that all its patients’ care is taken as on priority basis and best results possible are obtained. Results are typically not immediate, and post-implantation therapy is required as well as time for the brain to adapt to hearing new sounds. In the case of congenitally deaf children, audiological training and speech therapy typically continue for years, though infants can become age appropriate—able to speak and understand at the same level as a hearing child of the same age in a matter of months—however it is far more common for the process to take years. Various professionals are also employed to take care that the objective is fulfilled. These include but are not limited to Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP), Auditory-Verbal Therapists, Pediatric Audiologist (AuD).
Heal & Wheel understands your emotional needs as much as your physical ones. Thus what we work hard to provide is peace of mind. With significant experience and expertise in medical procedures. Heal and Wheel ensures you best quality medical treatment at most competitive prices coupled with the best recuperation vacation. We have tied up with the best in the Indian healthcare industry and deal only with internationally reputed experienced doctors with brilliant professional case histories.
We understand that security and hygiene are your utmost concerns. We have taken measures to ensure you the most hygienic and secure environs while you are with us in India. Heal and wheel is also famous for its excellent pre and post treatment follow up patient care services. We keep all your information confidential while closely following HIPAA standards. We remain in constant communication with your doctor back at home, both before and after your surgery in India.