Otology/Neurotology

Otology is the surgical subspecialty within Otolaryngology focused on the study of the ear and its related diseases.  Common disease processes include chronic infection of the ear, hearing loss, vestibular (dizziness) abnormalities, otosclerosis, cholesteatoma, and other tumors of the ear.   

Common surgical procedures in Otology include:

  • Tympanoplasty
  • Stapedectomy
  • Ossicular reconstruction
  • Mastoidectomy
  • Cholesteatoma surgery
  • Cochlear implantation
  • Bone anchored hearing aids
  • Completely implantable hearing aids (Esteem Implant)

Neurotology expands the study of otologic disease to include neurologic and neurosurgical aspects of related disease processes.   Neurotology is a surgical subspecialty of Otolaryngology with a separate board certification process to otolaryngology that focuses on bridging the gap between otology and neurosurgery in order to better address diseases common to both specialties.  Dr. McGrew works closely with his colleagues in neurosurgery to promote a multidisciplinary approach to each patient.

Surgical diseases common to neurotology include:

  • Acoustic Neuroma surgery
  • Surgery for dizziness
    • Vestibular nerve section
    • Endolymphatic  sac surgery
    • Labyrinthectomy
    • Gentimicin inner ear perfusions
  • Surgery for microvascular compression syndromes
    • Glossophayrngeal neuralgia
    • Hemifacial spasm
  • Lateral Skull base surgery
    • Meningioma
    • Acoustic neuroma
    • Paragangliomas:
      • Glomus jugulare, glomus vagale, and carotid body tumors
    • Malignant lateral skull base tumors
  •   Cochlear implantation
  •   Auditory brainstem implants