A labyrinthectomy is a surgical procedure that involves removing the balance center of the inner ear (the labyrinth). It’s done to treat Meniere’s disease, a condition characterized by unrelenting vertigo attacks. Although the procedure virtually eliminates your symptoms, it also results in complete hearing loss in the affected ear.
What to Expect During Your Labyrinthectomy
If you require a labyrinthectomy, your surgeon will remove the area of the inner ear that is responsible for balance. This will completely eliminate that ear’s balancing and hearing capabilities.
Your surgeon will perform the procedure under general anesthesia. The entire surgery will last about two hours and you will need to remain in the hospital for one to three days for close monitoring.
A labyrinthectomy is extremely effective and stops virtually all episodes of vertigo. However, because it results in total hearing loss in the affected ear, it will only be performed if your symptoms are severe and you’ve already experienced near-total hearing loss.