UAE’s First Fully Awake Cochlear Implant Surgery Performed

  • Al Zahra Hospital Dubai carries out UAE’s first Cochlear Implant Surgery done under Local Anesthesia
  • 80-Year-Old man regains his hearing after undergoing Cochlear Implant Surgery while fully awake

Dubai 30 June 2020 – Internationally Renowned Consultant ENT Surgeon Dr. Jamal Kassouma carries out UAE’s first Cochlear Implant Surgery under local anesthesia.

An 80-year-old man was able to follow his son in reciting Quran verses less than 5 hours after receiving Cochlear Implant Surgery. Mr. M. Marwan has struggled with hearing loss for over 30 years, while reaching complete deafness in 2015. Since then, the only way he could communicate with the outside world was through writing as he was unable to lip read or use sign language.

Cochlear Implants are revolutionary electronic devices that are surgically connected to the ear to help people who have severe hearing loss or complete deafness. Due to the complexity of the surgical procedures, most of the cases are done under general anesthesia, while the people receiving the implants can take up to a year to gain substantial understanding of the new signals the brain receives.

“Due to the complex medical condition of Mr. Marwan, we were unable to carry out this procedure under general anesthesia as the risk was too high. Mr. Marwan not only underwent the procedure while being fully awake, he gained back his hearing and comprehension less than 30 minutes after the surgery, being able to hear the voice of his son for the first time in 5 years” – Dr. Jamal Kassouma, Consultant ENT Surgeon at Al Zahra Hospital Dubai.

The 1 hour surgery was painless without any complications. The patient began to regain his hearing 30 minutes post-surgery while he is expected to improve in the months to come and eventually go back to normal life.

“It was a very emotional moment for us when my father heard us for the first time in 5 years.  To see him able to communicate so soon after the surgery, is more than we have expected. We are so so grateful to Dr. Koussuma and the team at Al Zahra Hospital Dubai. They changed his life in ways we cannot even describe” – Mr. M. Samer, son of the patient.

Despite the increased demand and gained popularity since their inception 50 years prior, cochlear implant procedures are not widely accessible. This is predominantly due to the scarcity in medical specialization. An ENT Surgeon needs extensive training and further education in order to be able to perform these procedures. Dr. Jamal Kassouma carried out 1,600 Cochlear Implant Surgeries during his career, a number rarely attained by a single Cochlear Implant Surgeon.

Boiler Plate – Al Zahra Hospital Dubai:

Al Zahra Hospital Dubai – is a leading healthcare provider in the UAE and a milestone in the country’s healthcare sector, with the brand braking ground in 1975, as the first private healthcare provider. The hospital is located in Dubai, on Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha, catering to local and international patients through over 250 Doctors and more than 40 medical specialties. Accredited by the Joint Commission International, the hospital holds various distinguished credentials, with centers of excellence in Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery, Heart Attack Center and more.

Dedicated to delivering world class healthcare, the hospital is a leader in implementing technological advancements and medical practices, housing the region’s first advanced 3Teasla MRI & the first private Hyperbaric Oxygenation Chamber. In 2016, Al Zahra Hospital Dubai was the first hospital to introduce water birthing to Dubai.

In 2020, the hospital received two JCI accreditations for the Breast Cancer and Heart Attack centers.

Some of the most sought-after services at Al Zahra Hospital Dubai include- Cardiology, Oncology, Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Spine Surgery, Joint Replacement, Interventional Medicine, Maternity, Pediatrics, General Surgery, Internal Medicine & more.