Milan, 20 July (Adnkronos Salute) – “The first implant for the vestibular system in Italy” was performed “successfully” at the Sant’Andrea hospital in Rome. The device, surgically inserted into the ear – according to the Capitoline university hospital – resolves bilateral labyrinthine hypofunction, a disorder of the inner ear which, in addition to a hearing deficit, also causes serious balance dysfunctions, preventing walking. correct. The operation allows both to regain the auditory function of the operated ear, and to solve the problem of uncontrollable oscillations and staggering, restoring the patient a normal and independent life.
The surgery was carried out yesterday, July 19, by the Aou otolaryngology team coordinated by Maurizio Barbara, full professor at Sapienza University and director of Uoc Otolaryngology of Sant’Andrea. The implant acts through a double electrical stimulation on the cochlear nerve and on the vestibular nerve – underline from the hospital – therefore with effects on both hearing and physical stability.
Bilateral labyrinthine hypofunction – explain a note from Sant’Andrea – is a highly debilitating dysfunction, due to diseases of the inner ear such as Ménière’s disease or linked to the use of ototoxic drugs. It can also result from neurological diseases, for which, however, vestibular implantation is not recommended. A total of 28 people out of 100 thousand are estimated to suffer from bilateral labyrinthine hypofunction, who are prevented from even the most basic daily activities, such as walking or driving, and who are continuously exposed to the risk of falling.
“The innovative intervention confirms the pre-eminence of Lazio healthcare in the national and international panorama – reads – The implantation of the device is the result of a clinical trial and a European project, as well as the subject of collaboration with the two Spanish universities of Las Palmas and Navarre and with the European Center St. Augustinus in Antwerp in Belgium. A result achieved thanks to the dynamic synthesis of research and assistance carried out at the Sant’Andrea, a polyclinic integrated with Sapienza University of Rome “.