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February 1960

Chisel Techniques for Stapes Mobilization

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1960;71(2):271-286. doi:10.1001/archotol.1960.03770020143020

I find myself in rather a difficult position because I am practically—in fact, I am the only non-bypasser speaking today. However, there is justification for this. I am talking about a technique that we have used for more than three years, but which is now only one of several methods in our current approach to the problem of mobilization.

As has already been stated several times, and will be restated, techniques in stapes mobilization surgery have not matured, but continue in their process of evolution. This was well demonstrated in the Symposium: Stapes Mobilization Two Years Later. The members of this panel, and those who discussed stapes mobilization pretty well defined its status as of Jan. 1, 1958. However, since this report, many of the same otologic surgeons have been using supplementary techniques which highlight the week-to-week, month-to-month, and year-to-year variations in surgical technique.

Speaking for myself only, I find