OTOLOGY AND NEURO-OTOLOGY: Edited by Ravi N. SamyBuilding an endoscopic ear surgery programGolub, Justin S.Author Information Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York, USA Correspondence to Dr Justin S. Golub, MD, Assistant Professor, Otology, Neurotology, and Skull Base Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, 180 Fort Washington Avenue, HP8-845, New York, NY 10032, USA. Tel: +1 212 305 8867; e-mail: [email protected] Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery: October 2016 - Volume 24 - Issue 5 - p 395-401 doi: 10.1097/MOO.0000000000000283 Buy Metrics Abstract Purpose of review This article discusses background, operative details, and outcomes of endoscopic ear surgery. This information will be helpful for those establishing a new program. Recent findings Endoscopic ear surgery is growing in popularity. The ideal benefit is in totally transcanal access that would otherwise require a larger incision. The endoscope carries a number of advantages over the microscope, as well as some disadvantages. Several key maneuvers can minimize disadvantages. There is a paucity of studies directly comparing outcomes between endoscopic and microscopic approaches for the same procedure. Summary The endoscope is gaining acceptance as a tool for treating otologic diseases. For interested surgeons, this article can help bridge the transition from microscopic to totally transcanal endoscopic ear surgery for appropriate disease. Copyright © 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.