Author Topic: 5 Month Post-Op Appointment  (Read 3728 times)

Dog Lover

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 271
  • My little Sammie Roo.
5 Month Post-Op Appointment
« on: January 20, 2009, 09:58:59 pm »
Had my 5 month Post Op appointment this morning. Dr Gantz was very pleased with my progress. He was excited about the hearing in my AN ear, too. Said it was right where he would expect it to be. I do have a hearing loss - like 20 db (but not sure if that's 20 total or 20 from where it was before, which was good), but I have a 92% word recognition!

From reading other posts, I know that that is the important part. I did ask the other dr if a hearing aid woudl be of any help to me. She said that with the hearing good in my other ear, many find that the good ear compensates enough for the bad one and feel they get along fine, but if it was something I wanted to look into I would be a good candidate.

So, I have that as an option if I decide to go that route. For now I will just wait and see. Otherwise, all is good. Hooray!

« Last Edit: January 20, 2009, 10:02:02 pm by Dog Lover »
9mm x 3mm Left Side AN
Mid Fossa Aug. 21, 2008
Dr. Gantz / Dr. Woodson
Univ. of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
No facial issues, hearing saved, I keep active and feel back to normal.


  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 148
  • Prayer means everything to me.
Re: 5 Month Post-Op Appointment
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2009, 11:33:58 pm »
Hi Cathy, 
I'm so pleased so read about your progress so far.  That's great!  I'm so glad you have that good of hearing in your AN ear.
I lost all hearing in my AN ear....but I knew that before going into surgery.  I had a translab, but the tumor was wrapped around my middle he couldn't have saved hearing, no matter what he would have done.
I am 7 months post op now, and doing good.....or at least getting used to being SSD. 
Anyway, congratulations!!
Diagnosed 4/15/08.
AN - 1.4 cm.  Translab surgery 6-26-08.  SPF leak 7-5-08, and went back into surgery 7 -6-08.
SSD left side, after surgery
Dr. LaRoure - Providence Hospital, Southfield, MI.


  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1937
Re: 5 Month Post-Op Appointment
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2009, 07:49:59 am »
Hi Cathy -
Congratulations on having such a great 5 month checkup!  I am so happyt for you -- the news about your hearing is fantastic!   ;D ;D ;D  If you feel you need a hearing aid after a while, then go for it -- I know you, like everyone else wants to hear as well as you can.

Best wishes for continued good healing and health,
1.3 cm at time of diagnosis -  April 9, 2008
2 cm at time of surgery
SSD right side translabyrinthine July 25, 2008
Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York, NY
Extremely grateful for the wonderful Dr. Choe & Dr. Chen
BAHA surgery 1/5/09
Doing great!


  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3475
Re: 5 Month Post-Op Appointment
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2009, 09:48:04 am »
I would bet that 20 db is the total hearing loss, that is the number they usually bandy about. 20 db is considered within the normal range of variation in the population, I think. Along with 92% WR, you are doing really well. Congratulations!

8 mm left AN June 2007,  CK at Stanford Sept 2007.
Hearing lasted a while, but left side is deaf now.
Right side is weak too. Life is quiet.


  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3113
Re: 5 Month Post-Op Appointment
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2009, 10:04:48 am »

Sounds like a great checkup!  Just think how well you'll be doing at a year if you're already doing so well at 5 months!

Right 3cm AN diagnosed 1/2007.  Translab resection 2/20/07 by Dr. David Kaylie and Dr. Karl Hampf at Baptist Hospital in Nashville.  R side deafness, facial nerve paralysis.  Tarsorraphy and tear duct cauterization 5/2007.  BAHA implant 11/8/07. 7-12 nerve jump 9/26/08.

Jim Scott

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 7241
  • To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom
Re: 5 Month Post-Op Appointment
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2009, 02:35:58 pm »

Congratulations on your outstanding post-op results!  Your hearing retention is excellent and that is always a relief, as well as fairly uncommon.  Kudos!  :)

4.5 cm AN diagnosed 5/06.  Retrosigmoid surgery 6/06.  Follow-up FSR completed 10/06.  Tumor shrinkage & necrosis noted on last MRI.  Life is good. 

Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is.  The way we cope with it is what makes the difference.

Keeping Up

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 253
Re: 5 Month Post-Op Appointment
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2009, 09:00:36 pm »
I saw this at work (and can't respond - I can lurk but not log-in!).  Your results are awesome as far as I have read.

dx Dec/08 - 5mm x 8mm AN
'watch and wait'


  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 10826
  • I am a success story!
Re: 5 Month Post-Op Appointment
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2009, 11:31:15 pm »
Excellent news, Cathy!!  ;D

Retrosig 5/31/07 Drs. Battista & Kazan (Hinsdale, Illinois)
Left AN 3.0 cm (1.5 cm @ diagnosis 6 wks prior) SSD. BAHA implant 3/4/08 (Dr. Battista) Divino 6/4/08  BP100 4/2010 BAHA 5 8/2015

I don't actually "make" trouble..just kind of attract it, fine tune it, and apply it in new and exciting ways