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.