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February 1969

Fat-and-Wire Stapedectomy Surgery: Long-Term Follow-up Study

Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;89(2):423-424. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770020425037

IT IS THE purpose of this very short presentation to report the long-term follow-up studies on patients who had stapedectomy surgery for otosclerosis in late 1959 and early 1960 utilizing the fat-wire prosthesis, the technique as described by Dr. Schuknecht.

We are reporting on 200 consecutively operated patients with the fat-wire prosthesis. The studies were completed on 111 patients. Five patients expired during this time; 8 moved to distant cities; 13 were unable to cooperate because of illness at home or no interest in the study; and 70 patients, or 33%, we simply had no trace of. Six patients were withdrawn and treated separately because they were revisions and the results favored the bias of this study. We thought it best to remove them. They will be reported separately.

The air conduction gain of over 25 db compared to the preoperative air conduction threshold was 89.5% at one year; a

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