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What is a stapedectomy?

A stapedectomy involves removing part of or the entire stapes bone and replacing it with a prosthesis. This tiny bone, the closest bone to the inner ear, transmits sound waves to the inner ear from the middle ear. Stapedectomy surgery is performed to restore this transmission of sound waves to improve hearing. 

There are several reasons you might need to undergo a stapedectomy. For instance, if you sustained a stapes bone fracture due to a traumatic accident or have a congenital abnormality of the stapes. 

However, the most common reason for getting a stapedectomy is otosclerosis, the abnormal growth of extra bones around the stapes. These extra bones stop the stapes from vibrating, so it cannot transmit sound waves, leading to hearing loss. 

Whether you need a stapedectomy or other ear treatment, it is vital you have your health insurance in order. Sidecar Health allows you to define your coverage, putting you in charge of your health.

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