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Endolymphatic Mastoid Shunt

Surgical Procedure:  Endolymphatic Mastoid Shunt

Indications for Surgery:  Meniere‚Äôs Disease unresponsive to conservative medical management

Anesthesia:  General

Surgical Time:  40 minutes

Hospital Admission:  No

Surgical Procedure:  A mastoidectomy is performed exposing the endolymphatic sac (a small structure attached to the inner ear that is responsible for fluid balance). A incision is created into the structure and a shunt is inserted allowing drainage of fluid when inner ear pressure is elevated. As the inner ear contains only a few drops of fluid, resorption of the fluid occurs in the mastoid cavity.