The Role for Microsurgery of the Ear

Sujana S. Chandrasekhar, Sandra Ho, John W. House

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Microscopic ear surgery (MES) has been used since the 1950s whereas endoscopic ear surgery (EES) was introduced in the mid-1990s. The advantages of MES should not be forgotten as surgeons turn their attention to new technology. These include depth perception, wide angle view, and the ability to operate with 2 hands. EES affords the ability to look around corners but needs a pristine field and is limited to single-handed surgery in a narrow field. Trainees should be taught both, and technique used should reflect the experience and abilities of the surgeon and the nature of the disease in the particular patient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-219
Number of pages9
JournalOtolaryngologic Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2021


  • Ear surgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Otoendoscopy
  • Otology


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