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Home > Medical Services > Ear, Nose & Throat > Ear Care > Ear Disorders > Meniere's Disease > Labyrinthectomy (Surgical)
This procedure is generally used to treat Meniere’s Disease in cases where alternative intervention is not effective.
A labyrinthectomy may be considered when significant inner ear damage is present. After a mastoidectomy, the balance canals of the inner ear (labyrinth) are removed surgically. The labyrinthectomy destroys the functionality of the hearing and balance organs in the ear. Over time, central compensation occurs as the body learns to rely solely on the normally functioning ear to maintain stance.
Labyrinthectomies generally requires an inpatient stay for up to three days. Severe vertigo is often experienced for a day or two following the surgery. Medication may be prescribed to control this.
Moderate imbalance may persist for a period of time after the surgery while the compensation process occurs. For some, this can last several weeks. Balance recovery typically occurs sooner for those who lead a more active lifestyle.