Child's bone conduction implant surgery

Learn about child's recovery from bone conduction implant surgery so you know what will happen after the surgery.

A girl wearing a Cochlear implant raises her hand in the classroom

What you'll find on this page

  • Tips on caring for a child after surgery.
  • When a child can return to school and activities.
  • How long it may take to recover.

40 years and counting

Deciding on surgery can be difficult for parents, especially when children are young. Parents may worry about the procedure going well, or that their child might be in discomfort afterwards.

It’s normal to feel anxious, but they're not alone.

Surgeons have performed bone conduction procedures for more than 40 years.

Understanding what to expect after surgery and how to care for the child will help parents manage their own feelings as well as the child's.

Melissa with her daughter Isabella, who wears a hearing implant

"After the surgery, we actually went home that day. We were home by noon. And by three o’clock we were having to remind her to stop jumping around, you just had surgery!"

- Melissa, mother of Isabella, Cochlear™ Baha® System recipient

After the procedure

After a child has Osia® System or Baha® System surgery, child's head will be wrapped in a bandage to protect the incision site behind the ear.

A child will likely have a bandage after surgery for a day or two. Parents will get instructions on how to care for the implant site after the bandage is removed.

It's important to follow hearing health professional's instructions regarding rest and recovery during this time.

How to care for a child after bone conduction implant surgery

This post-surgery period is a time for rest.

Here are some tips to help a child get better.

  • Parents should follow their doctor’s instructions and make sure their child takes medication exactly as directed.
  • Their child may want to spend the first few days in bed.
  • Encourage quiet indoor play for the first few days.
  • The child will have a bandage over their incision. Their doctor will let them know when they can remove the bandage.

With the sound processor fitting approaching, parents can take the opportunity to think about any questions they or their child have for the upcoming visits to their hearing health professional.

How long does it take to recover?

Hearing health professional will set a recovery period before it's time to get the sound processor fitted.

Each child recovers at a different pace. The care they need will vary too, depending on their independence and lifestyle.

Most children can go back to school or child care one week after surgery. However, it’s usually best they don't take part in sports for three to four weeks afterwards.

Parents are advised to talk to their doctor about how much activity is safe for their child.

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