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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.

The risks of surgery are discussed in full before signing consent and there are opportunties to ask any questions and discuss any concerns you may have.  It is important that the young person and their family understand the surgery and feel comfortable with what will take place.