• Ear, Nose and Throat Physician Performing Cochlear Implants

    News Release
    MidMichigan Health
    For Immediate Release
    March 8, 2019
    Ear, Nose and Throat Physician Performing Cochlear Implants
    MIDLAND, Mich. – In February 2018, a new surgical procedure was performed at MidMichigan Health for the first time. Otolaryngologist Said Sana, D.O., performed the first cochlear implant at MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland.
    A cochlear implant is used on individuals with profound hearing loss for whom hearing aids do not provide enough benefit. These tiny, complex medical devices work differently than hearing aids. Rather than amplifying sound, which helps an individual with residual hearing ability, a cochlear implant provides the sense of sound by stimulating the auditory nerve directly.  Dr. Sana offers both Advanced Bionics and Cochlear America’s implants.
    Dr. Sana is an otology fellowship-trained ear surgeon, and is trained in both medical and surgical care. “I enjoy working with people and decided to go into otolaryngology because of the complex procedures and precision required in performing these surgeries,” he said. “I continued my education and completed a fellowship in otology because I really enjoy being able to help patients regain their sense of hearing and dramatically improve the quality of their life.
    Quite a bit of preparation goes into getting a patient ready for a cochlear implant. The patient needs to first meet with Dr. Sana to determine if hearing aids are an option, or if a different device would work better. Once the patient decides to move forward with the cochlear implant, preparations begin. This includes CT scans, a balance test, clearance from the patient’s primary care physician, two pneumovax vaccines and a cochlear implant consult with Central Michigan University (CMU).
    While working with CMU, patients get to learn more about the device they are going to use, and choose which one is the best fit. Patients are also able to customize the implant by choosing its look, color and function. Dr. Sana has partnered with CMU to provide cochlear implant mapping and hearing rehabilitation post-operatively.
    Once the test and consults are complete, patients meet with Dr. Sana, where he discusses the surgery. “When I meet with the patient, I inform them what will take place during the surgery, what expected outcomes may be and answer any questions they have,” he said. “After all of this takes place, we set a surgery date.”
    After the surgery is complete, the patient will have a one-week and three-week post-operative visit with Dr. Sana. This is to ensure there are no complications, and the body is healing correctly. After four weeks, the patient returns to CMU, where their device is activated, and the patient is able to hear.
    “There is six-month period of rehabilitation in which the patient works with CMU to learn how to use the cochlear implant – we compare it to someone learning how to ride a bicycle,” said Dr. Sana. “Most patients are quite happy with the results in six to 12 months.”
    Those who would like to learn more about Dr. Sana may visit www.midmichigan.org/sana. Those who would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sana may contact his office at (989) 839-6201.
    MidMichigan Health is a non-profit health system, headquartered in Midland, Michigan, affiliated with Michigan Medicine, the health care division of the University of Michigan. MidMichigan Health covers a 23-county region with medical centers in Midland, Alpena, Alma, Clare, Gladwin, Mt. Pleasant and West Branch. In addition to its Medical Centers, MidMichigan Health also offers both home health care and physician services, and has a strong commitment to medical education. MidMichigan Physicians Group provides urgent care and medical offices in more than 30 specialties and subspecialties including cardiology, hematology/oncology, orthopedics, vascular surgery, family medicine and more. The MidMichigan Health Foundation supports patients and families served by MidMichigan Health by raising funds for equipment, services and programs. Currently, MidMichigan has more than 7,800 employees, volunteers and physicians and provided $90 million in community benefits in fiscal year 2017.

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