Bechara Y. Ghorayeb, MD, PA
Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery                                                              Phone: 713 464 2614
1140 Business Center Drive, Suite 560
Houston, TX 77043                   www.ghorayeb.com


Endolymphatic Shunt Operation

Endolymphatic shunt is an operation that relieves the pressure of the inner ear fluid in patients who suffer from Meniere's Disease,. This is achieved by drilling the mastoid bone behind the auricle and exposing the endolymphatic sac.  The sac is incised and a drain or shunt tube is inserted.   Although complications do not often occur, they include bleeding, wound infection, and hearing loss which may be permanent. Facial nerve injury (paralysis of the face on the side of the surgery) is a rare but potential hazard in any ear surgery. There may be dizziness for a short time after surgery, but it is rarely permanent. In extremely rare instances, brain infection (meningitis) has been known to occur.

The alternative is the continuation of medical treatment.

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