Superior Canal Dehiscence (SCD) is an opening in the bone that covers one of the semicircular canals of the inner ear. The cause of this condition is unknown; it could be congenital (present from birth) or due to infections or head trauma.
A surgical technique called Superior Canal Dehiscence Repair can be used to plug the hole in the dehiscence. There are three approaches to this surgery: a middle cranial fossa approach, a mastoid approach, or round window reinforcement.
Dr. Dean approaches this surgery with round window reinforcement, the least invasive method. This procedure can be done in-office and allows the patient to go home that same day. Recovery is much shorter than with the traditional approach.