Sunday, November 2, 2008

Another Implant Update...

Well - we've finally found the problem to why my impalnt has been going backwards, not forwards. About two weeks ago I asked the Implant Team for an x-ray to see if the electrodes were still in the same place. I remember reading some time ago of someone having this problem, and so wondered if I had this as well. My specialist sent me the form and I had the x-ray two weeks ago.

On Friday I was back at the implant centre and a further 5 electrodes were switched off, due to them being uncomfortable, painful and not enough volume. I have 8 electrodes functioning, 6 very well, 2 still a bit iffy.

On getting home, I emailed my doctor that information and asked him if he had any feedback from the x-ray. He emailed back and said that the electrodes had indeed come out of the cochlear by a couple of millimeters, and this is why I'm having so many problems. I am now awaiting an appointment to see what will happen next, but I would say that I will no dubt have some revision surgery to replace the electrodes back into the cochlear.

I feel so much happier now that I know what is happening, although not so happy that further surgery is required, but I would rather get the electrodes working and be hearing better, than to keep struggling with what I have.

I'm off to Blenheim - the Upper north of our South Island for a week, to the Marlborough Garden Festival, to take lots of photos - I'll be back in a week and hopefully have an appointment with my surgeon the week I get back.

Watch this space...

5 comments:

Dave said...

Well good news that you might have an answer. I don't envy you having re implantation surgery though

Karen Putz said...

Sorry to hear that you'll have to have surgery again-- hope that the next one fixes the issue!

Tamme Marshall said...

I hope all goes well for you girl!!! Hang in there! : )

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Abbie said...

Ugh, Robyn! I am so sorry to hear that but at least there is a reason why you are not progressing. I'm going to continue catching up to other blogs in hope that there is something that they can do.!