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Surgery

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 approximately two hours. Patients are in hospital on a day case basis or may stay overnight. 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 Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, or if over 16 years of age at Manchester Royal Infirmary. Dissolvable sutures are used and the incision is allowed to heal for two to three weeks before the external speech processor is fitted.