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Title: The future of stapedectomy - The Singapore problem
Authors: Leong, H.K. 
Keywords: Education, medical, graduate
Physicians practice patterns
Issue Date: 1995
Citation: Leong, H.K. (1995). The future of stapedectomy - The Singapore problem. Journal of Laryngology and Otology 109 (3) : 225-229. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Concern has been expressed in the recent literature regarding the problem of a dwindling number of stapedectomy cases and an increasing number of surgeons trained to do this operation. In Singapore, the problem is made worse by the very low incidence of this disease in its main ethnic groups of Chinese and Malays who together make up more than 90 per cent of the population. We report here an audit of 47 ears that underwent stapedectomy in a teaching hospital over a six-year period. The hearing results for consultants and surgical trainees were compared. Closure of the air-bone gap to within 10 dB was obtained in 64 per cent of Consultants' cases and 68 per cent of trainees' cases. These results fall short of the 90 to 95 per cent figure reported by experts in this procedure and only comparable to the less satisfactory results of several series recorded by residents in North America. We conclude that the unsatisfactory results arise from the small number of surgical cases available for each surgeon to improve and maintain his skills in a technically demanding procedure. It is proposed that such cases be directed to those pursuing otology as a subspecialty rather than all otolaryngologists in general.
Source Title: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
ISSN: 00222151
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