Cochlear implant surgery is done in a hospital or clinic. The surgery lasts 2 to 4 hours. You are given medicine (general anesthesia) to make you sleep during the procedure.
- The surgeon makes a cut behind the ear to open up the mastoid bone.
- Then the surgeon makes a small cut in the cochlea. He or she inserts the implant electrodes into the cochlea.
- The surgeon places an electronic device called the receiver under the skin behind the ear.
- The incisions are then closed and you will be moved into the recovery area and watched closely.
- You may go home the same day. Or you may need to stay in the facility overnight.