Surgery scheduling and follow-up appointments with the ENT physician and audiologist will be handled by ENT office staff.
Please note a surgery date is typically not set until insurance approval is received. This process may take a few months, and you will be contacted promptly after insurance approval is received. A surgery scheduler will call you with your pre-op date and time; PLEASE make sure your contact and insurance information remain current in the UTMB Health hospital system.
Cochlear implant surgery can last from 1 to 4 hours. Patients are usually discharged the day of surgery but come prepared to stay overnight in the event that you are not discharged for unpredictable reasons.
You will see the surgeon for an examination following surgery. However, if you have any concerns about the incision, call the ENT office immediately at (281) 338-0829.
Initial stimulation of the device will take place approximately 2 to 5 weeks following surgery. You may continue to wear your hearing aid in the opposite ear if desired. Discuss this with your audiologist.