Before Surgery

  • A surgery scheduler will call you with your pre-op date and time; PLEASE make sure we have the right contact information.
  • At least 2 weeks before the surgery date call the ENT Department Financial Counselor at (919) 966-7491 or (919) 8540 to confirm that surgery is APPROVED/COVERED.
  • The day before surgery a scheduler will call you to confirm your surgery time.
  • Let us know about any signs of illness or temperature that occur within 3 days before surgery to the ENT office (919) 966-6484.
  • Do not give your child aspirin or aspirin containing products within 2 weeks before surgery as it acts as a blood thinner.
  • Your child should have nothing to eat after midnight the day before surgery and only small amounts of clear liquids the day of surgery.
  • Cochlear implant surgery lasts about 3-4 hours. Children are usually sent home the day of surgery but parents should come prepared to stay overnight.
  • Your child will wear hospital clothes for the surgery but bring his or her own clothes to wear home. A shirt that buttons or zips up the front is best as the bandage will be too big for a pullover type shirt.
  • A nurse will teach you how to care for the stitches and bandages at home. Keep the area clean and dry until your child returns to the doctor to have the stitches and bandage taken off about 7 days after surgery.
  • Your child will see the surgeon one week after surgery. However, if you have any concerns about the stitches, call the ENT office right away at (919) 966-6484.
  •  We will turn on the device about 4 weeks after surgery. Your child may continue to wear his or her hearing aid in the other ear. Talk about this with your audiologist.

Surgical Videos

Below are videos of actual surgery. We respect the fact that while some individuals are interested in the surgical process, others are not so inclined. If you are one of the interested, please click on the links below to view surgical footage.

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The Incision

Below is a photo showing where the incision is currently made for the majority of cochlear implant surgeries.  In most cases, hair does not need to be shaved.