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Ultrasonic bone aspirator use in endoscopic ear surgery: feasibility and safety assessed using cadaveric temporal bones

  • E G Gardner (a1), J Sappington (a1), M A Arriaga (a1) and S P Kanotra (a1)



To describe the feasibility and assess the safety of using an ultrasonic bone aspirator in endoscopic ear surgery.


Five temporal bones were dissected via endoscopic ear surgery using a Sonopet ultrasonic bone aspirator. Atticoantrostomy was undertaken. Another four bones were dissected using routine endoscopic equipment and standard bone curettes in a similar manner. Feasibility and safety were assessed in terms of: dissection time, atticoantrostomy adequacy, tympanomeatal flap damage, chorda tympani nerve injury, ossicular injury, ossicular chain disruption, facial nerve exposure and dural injury.


The time taken to perform atticoantrostomy was significantly less with the use of the ultrasonic bone aspirator as compared to conventional bone curettes.


The ultrasonic bone aspirator is a feasible option in endoscopic ear surgery. It enables easy bone removal, with no additional complications and greater efficacy than traditional bone curettes. It should be a part of the armamentarium for transcanal endoscopic ear surgery.


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Address for correspondence: Dr Sohit Paul Kanotra, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Louisiana State University, 200 Henry Clay Avenue Suite 4119, New Orleans, Louisiana 70118, USA Fax: +01 504 896 9296 E-mail:


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Presented as a poster at the Triological Society Combined Section Meetings, 19–21 January 2017, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.



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Ultrasonic bone aspirator use in endoscopic ear surgery: feasibility and safety assessed using cadaveric temporal bones

  • E G Gardner (a1), J Sappington (a1), M A Arriaga (a1) and S P Kanotra (a1)


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