Patients will be advised of the risks of surgery in full before
signing consent. The surgery will be discussed in detail during the
patient's visits and parents and patients will be able to ask
questions about the process. It is considered vital that the
patient themselves understands the surgery and feels comfortable
with what will take place.
In general, cochlear implant surgery takes between two and four
hours. Patients are in hospital for two days or less depending on
the time of their surgery and generally they require very little
pain medication. The incision is behind the ear and requires a
small amount of hair to be shaved. (This will grow back after
surgery and the patient may wear their hair however they like after
surgery!) Surgery will take place at Manchester Royal Infirmary.
Dissolvable sutures are used and the incision is allowed to heal
for two to three weeks before the external portion of the device is