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Cochlear Implant Surgery

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(608) 263-6191
Internal view of a cochlear implant
Internal view of a cochlear implant
After the evaluation process is complete, the medical team will make the decision as to whether cochlear implants are appropriate.
 
If the decision is made to move forward, a surgery to implant the cochlear device will be scheduled.
 
Patients will undergo a pre-surgical physical exam prior to the procedure to ensure their physical fitness for surgery.
 

The surgery to implant the cochlear device is typically performed on an outpatient basis and may involve an overnight stay at the hospital for observation.

 

The surgery generally lasts anywhere from 2-5 hours, during which the device is implanted and then tested to ensure it is functioning.

 

The device will not be working immediately following surgery. The initial activation will take place approximately four to six weeks following surgery.

 

Read more about the post-operative process