Steve Dennie, the UB Communications Director, is undergoing surgery May 5 for a torn cartilage in his left knee. It’ll put him on crutches for a few days, and keep him out of the office at least through the weekend. The surgery’s at around 8 a.m.
On April 16, Steve had surgery in which an “endolymphatic shunt” was placed behind his left ear. Since 2004, Steve has battled Meniere’s Disease, which causes vertigo, hearing loss, and a constant ringing in his left ear. The vertigo can be incapacitating at times. There is no cure for Meniere’s, but several surgical procedures can lessen the symptoms. The endolymphatic shunt is the least invasive procedure and has a high success rate.
Everything went well with that surgery, but it’s still too early to tell how much affect it will have in preventing future spells of vertigo. But, he’s pretty sure he’s noticed a positive improvement already.