Cochlear Implants and Pediatric Post-Op Pain and Dizziness

Cochlear Implants and Pediatric Post-Op Pain and Dizziness

March 19, 2015 In the News

Birman, Gibson, and Elliott (2015) evaluated post-operative surgical pain in children (ages 16 years and younger), following cochlear implant surgery via assessment of analgesia use. Between August 2010 and November 2012, 98 children were implanted, 61 were reported. Of the 61 children who were reported, 19 children required no pain relief and 42 children used paracetamol (aka acetaminophen in the United States) Additionally, 1 child required oxycodeine for 1 day (following bilateral implant surgery), and codeine phosphate was used by 1 child for 3 days. Painstop (paracetamol and codeine phosphate) was used for 6 days by 1 child.

On average, paracetamol was used for 1.9 days and the duration of analgesic use varied with age (older children ages 10 to 16 years required analagesia for approximately 2.4 days). With regard to dizziness, 5 of the 61 children reported “slight” dizziness at one week and none of the children had marked dizziness post-op. The authors concluded that cochlear implant surgery is well tolerated by children.

For More Information, References, and Recommendations

Birman CS, Gibson WPR, Elliott EJ. (2015) Pediatric Cochlear Implantation: Associated With Minimal Postoperative Pain and Dizziness. Otology & Neurotology 36:220-222. 

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