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December 1962

Stapedectomy as a Definitive Procedure

Arch Otolaryngol. 1962;76(6):522-531. doi:10.1001/archotol.1962.00740050536007

Some time ago a surgeon from Australia suggested to me that when you started doing stapes surgery it was like taking on another wife. I must agree that it is similar to a marriage, because of the amount of enthusiasm one develops for it, and once devoted to it there are vast joys and pleasures derived from it. That is the way I have felt about this microsurgery for a number of years, particularly now that it has gone through the process of growth and development.

I thought that stapes surgery as the treatment for otosclerosis had reached its first firm foothold when I began to use the prosthesis on the mobilized footplate as a sole procedure. Later, as reported in the Archives,1 I found myself using this method in only 60% of cases and doing stapedectomies in 40% of cases. At that time, I felt rather strongly that

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