Stapes surgery is a medical procedure that is used to treat hearing loss caused by a condition called otosclerosis. This condition affects the middle ear and can cause hearing loss. Traditionally, stapes surgery is done in a hospital, and patients need to stay for a few days after the procedure. However, a clinical trial has found that day-case stapes surgery may be a good option for some patients.
The trial was done in a hospital and looked at the effects of outpatient stapes surgery on hearing, quality of life, patient satisfaction, and complications. The study included 112 adult patients who needed stapes surgery.
The patients were randomly assigned to either the day-case or inpatient group. The researchers looked at how well the patients' hearing was after the surgery, as well as their quality of life, satisfaction, and any complications they experienced. They did this by using questionnaires and checking the patient's medical records for a year after the surgery.
The results of the trial showed that the hearing of the patients who had day-case surgery was just as good as the hearing of the patients who had inpatient surgery. The patients who had day-case surgery were also just as happy with their treatment as the patients who had inpatient surgery. However, some patients who had day-case surgery had to go back to the hospital because of complications like feeling sick or dizzy.