Your child's Baha® Implant surgery

Learn about your child’s recovery from bone conduction implant surgery so they can be ready for their sound processor fitting.

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What you will find on this page

  • Get tips on how to care for your child after surgery
  • Find out what your child can do after surgery
  • Connect with other parents who have been where you are now

"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! That's how easy it was. The next day she was outside playing in the sandbox, and three days later she was at school."
 

-Mother of Isabella W. - Baha® recipient

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Preparing yourself and your child

Making the decision to have surgery is always a tough one for parents, especially when children are young. You worry if the procedure is going well and afterwards if they’re in pain or discomfort, especially when they’re not able to tell you what’s bothering them.

It’s normal to feel anxious, but you can have peace of mind knowing you’re not alone. Cochlear hearing implant procedures have been performed for almost 40 years and Cochlear has provided over 550,000 implantable hearing devices worldwide. Remembering why you made this decision will help you keep focused—to give your child every opportunity to lead a full life.

Understanding what to expect after surgery and how to care for your child will help you manage your own feelings as well as theirs.

After your child’s procedure

After bone conduction implant surgery, your child's head will likely be wrapped in a bandage to protect the incision site, and you will be given instructions on how to care for it along with medication prescriptions and possible activity restrictions. Once you take the bandage off, your child may have some swelling around the incision site.

This process will take some patience, but it's important to take the time your child needs to heal, so they can be ready to go for their fitting day.

How to care for your child after Baha® Implant surgery

It will take time for your child to recover from surgery, but it will happen faster than you think. Here are some tips and recommendations to help your child on their road to recovery:

  • Follow all your doctor's instructions, including making sure your child takes medication exactly as directed.
  • Your child may want to spend the first few days in bed – that’s okay, it’s normal.
  • When your child is ready, and your doctor says it is okay, they can begin playing again. Encourage quiet indoor play for the first few days.
  • Your child will have a bandage over the wound. If your child has the Baha Connect System, the surgeon will also attach a healing cap to the abutment to further protect the incision site. You can remove the bandage three days after surgery or when advised by your doctor.
  • After you remove the bandage, wash the incision daily with warm, soapy water, and pat dry.
  • Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment. Make sure you attend all the appointments, and call your doctor if your child is having any problems.

This post-surgery period is a time to rest. With fitting day fast approaching, take this opportunity to help your child anticipate the upcoming visits to the audiologist and speech therapist.

How long does it take to recover?

Your child's surgeon will require a recovery period prior to their fitting—four to twelve weeks for bone conduction implants. Every child recovers at a different pace, whether they’re only a year old or a teenager. And the care they require will vary as well, depending on their independence and lifestyle. Most children can go back to school or daycare one week after surgery, but it’s best that they do not take part in sports for three to four weeks afterwards. Talk to your doctor about how much activity is safe for your child.

Disclaimer

Please seek advice from your medical practitioner or health professional about treatments for hearing loss. They will be able to advise on a suitable solution for the hearing loss condition. All products should be used only as directed by your medical practitioner or health professional. Not all products are available in all countries. Please contact your local Cochlear representative.

Views expressed by Cochlear recipients and hearing health providers are those of the individual. Consult your hearing health provider to determine if you are a candidate for Cochlear technology. Outcomes and results may vary.

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