Well I know it’s only make believe, and I generally watch it for the soap opera drama rather than for any accuracy in the medicine, but this time it’s personal
Just to reassure anyone who saw it and may be worried.
The skull isn’t opened up for CI surgery. It’s all done through a skin incision behind the ear and then drilling into the thick bone there. It’s very rare that the bone is drilled through completely. I have a thick head so this won’t happen to me.
A specialist with many years experience will put the electrodes into my cochlea, it will take him a while. It won’t be a passing surgeon just tacking the insertion onto another procedure.
You can’t pull the implant out yourself. It’s under the skin. I have no intention of pulling it out either. If by any remote chance I don’t like the thing I just won’t switch it on.
I won’t be able to hear the day after surgery. Switch on will be 4 weeks after surgery and this takes a few hours to set up. Then there will be an adjustment period and hopefully improvement over time.
As a doctor friend once said to me ” House, great televsion, crap medicine” Hugh Laurie is always good, and I like to see glimpses of Bertie Wooster and Blackadder in there, so I will keep on watching. Indeed I usually watch and then check in with the blog polite dissent for the real medicine.
Anyway don’t fret yourselves. It won’t be like that.