Has the use of the linear incision reduced skin complications in bone-anchored hearing aid implantation?

R. Roplekar, A. Lim, S. S. M. Hussain (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    Abstract

    Objective: To compare the skin-related complications of the traditional skin flap method with a linear incision method of implantation. Method: All cases of bone-anchored hearing aid surgery performed by a single surgeon (n = 117) were compared over two periods: 1999–2011, when the traditional method of skin flap and soft tissue removal was used (group 1; n = 86), and 2012–2013, when linear incision without soft tissue removal was used (group 2; n = 31). All patients were followed up for one year and complications were recorded for that period. Results: There were 21 (24.4 per cent) skin-related complications in group 1 (skin overgrowth = 12, wound infection = 8 and numbness = 1) and 3 (9.7 per cent) complications in group 2 (wound infection = 3). Analysis using independent t-tests showed the results to be significant (p <0.05; 95 per cent confidence interval = 0.0800–0.4473). Conclusion: The linear incision without soft tissue removal method for bone-anchored hearing aid implantation reduces skin complication rates.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)541-544
    Number of pages4
    JournalJournal of Laryngology and Otology
    Volume130
    Issue number6
    Early online date10 May 2016
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016

    Keywords

    • Complications
    • Hearing Aids
    • Osseointegration
    • Wound Healing
    • Wound Infection

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