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Ossiculoplasty with Intact Stapes and Absent Malleus: The Silastic Banding Technique

Vincent, Robert*; Sperling, Neil M; Oates, John; Osborne, Jonathan§

doi: 10.1097/01.mao.0000185068.50575.92

To report an original method of ossicular reconstruction with intact stapes and absent malleus. Ossiculoplasty is performed with a total ossicular replacement prosthesis positioned from the stapes footplate to the under-surface of the tympanic membrane, using a Silastic banding technique to stabilize the prosthesis.

Study Design: A prospective study of ossicular reconstruction using the Silastic banding technique. A consecutive series of cases with intact stapes superstructure and missing malleus handle (Austin-Kartush Group C) is presented.

Setting: One tertiary referral center.

Patients: Ninety-nine patients who underwent total ossicular reconstruction with Silastic banding technique were enrolled in the study from January 2000 to December 2002.

Interventions: Ossiculoplasty with total ossicular replacement prostheses with Silastic Rubber Band for chronic otitis media and non-inflammatory disease.

Main Outcome Measures: Preoperative and postoperative audiometric evaluation using conventional audiometry. Air-bone gap, bone-conduction threshold, and air-conduction threshold were assessed. Postoperative audiometry was performed at the 6th, 9th, 12th, 18th, 24th, and 36th months.

Results: Overall, a postoperative air-bone gap closed to within 10 dB was achieved in 61.5% of cases. An air-bone gap smaller than 20 dB was obtained in 77% of cases. Postoperative improvement of air-conduction thresholds by at least 20 dB was found in 51% of cases. There was no case of postoperative sensorineural hearing loss. One case of extrusion of the prothesis was seen (1%).

Conclusion: Stabilizing the total ossicular replacement prosthesis with the Silastic banding technique when performing ossicular reconstruction is a safe, effective method when the stapes supra-structure is present and the malleus absent.

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*Jean Causse Ear Clinic, Traverse de Béziers, Colombiers, France; †Department of Otolaryngology, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.; ‡Queen's Hospital Burton upon Trent, U.K., and §Glan Clwyd Hospital, Bodelwyddan, Wales, U.K.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. Robert Vincent, Clinique Jean Causse, Traverse de Beziers, Colombiers 34440, France; Email:

© 2005 Otology & Neurotology, Inc.