(by Dr John Shea
This procedure was championed by the former Chief at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harold Schuknecht, M.D.. Dr. Schuknecht is now retired, but he has made many major contributions to otology, and is one of the "stars" in the otology firmament. Others have been consistently unable to achieve his good results with this procedure, and it is only rarely performed now.
Surgical treatment for Meniere's Disease is controversial (as is medical treatment). Destructive surgery is generally felt to be highly effective in relieving vertigo. Labyrinthectomy is a procedure which has been around for 30 years: the inner ear is 'disconnected'. Result: no hearing, less tinnitus, less fullness, virtually no vertigo (>98% success rate). The down side is that this surgery PRODUCES TOTAL, PERMANENT DEAFNESS IN THE OPERATED