The aim of this study was to assess and quantify the current surgical practice of ossiculoplasty among British otolaryngology consultants, using a postal questionnaire. Ossiculoplasty is not a very common procedure. It is only performed by otologists with a special interest in ossiculoplasty. Among the 280 respondents (response rate 51.9 per cent), only 179 (63.9 per cent) performed ossiculoplasty. The majority of the consultants (86.5 per cent) used artificial prostheses, and 63.7 per cent used patients' own ossicles (autografts). Most of the consultants (77.6 per cent) performed ossiculoplasty with primary tympanoplasty surgery rather than with primary cholesteatoma surgery (46.3 per cent). The majority of the consultants (50.8 per cent) performed less than 10 ossiculoplasties per year.
This is the first survey on ossiculoplasty surgery in the United Kingdom.