Risks of CI Surgery

Your surgeon will talk with you about these in as much detail as you need

  • Risks of cochlear implant surgery

    • Loss of remaining hearing in the implanted ear
    • Higher risk for meningitis (men-in-gi-tis)
    • Facial nerve stimulation/involuntary facial movement
    • Inflammation/extrusion/swelling
      • Soreness, redness or breakdown of skin in area around the implant, which may need more medical treatment, surgery and/or removal of device
    • Failure of surgery, possibly requiring removal of the implant
    • Failure of implanted pieces, which may need replacing
      • The CI may not work correctly or it may cause your child to feel or hear odd or uncomfortably loud sounds
         
  •  Risks associated with any ear surgery
    • Numbness/tenderness around implant site
    • Neck pain
    • Loss of feeling in face
    • Change in taste
    • Fluid leak
    • Dizziness (vertigo)
    • Tinnitus or “ringing in the ears”
    • Blood, fluid or infection at the site or close to the site of surgery
    • Skin reactions (rashes) 
  • General risks
    • Pain, scarring, bleeding and infection
    • Anesthetic risks (medicines used to put the child to sleep) associated with the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver and brain