Percutaneous pedestals in cochlear implantation.
Alistair Mitchell-Innes, Richard Irving, Robert Briggs
Cochlear Implants International | Published : 2018
Percutaneous pedestals have been integral to the development of cochlear implants since 1969. By enabling direct electrical access to implanted electrodes or other devices, they allow optimization of control of stimulation strategies. Similarly, technology not validated for implantable use can be safely tested. These advantages have facilitated the development of cochlear implants and also resulted in their inclusion in trials investigating electronic implants developed for other organs. Surgery is straightforward, but post-operative care, in particular, skin-care is crucial to ensure complications are minimized. This review discusses the history of percutaneous pedestal use in cochlear impl..View full abstract