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February 1958

Further Development of the Mobilization Operation

Author Affiliations

New York
From the Department of Otolaryngology, New York University-Bellevue Medical Center.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1958;67(2):152-155. doi:10.1001/archotol.1958.00730010158004

It has been very gratifying to observe the progress that has been made with mobilization surgery. Its reintroduction by Rosen1 has been the greatest stimulant to otology since the tremendous contributions of Lempert. At the present time, those of us who became interested in mobilization at its revival are aware that there are constant changes in ideas and concepts in this surgery. The knowledge that a fixed stapes could be mobilized has led to the development of varied techniques by the individual surgeons. Rosen's initial concept of applying pressure on the anterior aspect of the neck of the stapes in an effort to mobilize the footplate at first seemed like the logical method to reestablish ossicular conduction. It was quickly determined by others and by me that there were definite limitations in the percentage of good results obtained if this original technique was completely adhered to. Fracturing the crura

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