Body Area: Head / Neck
Body Parts: Eyes
Symptoms: Jerking Eye Movements
A labyrinthectomy is the surgical removal of the nerve controlling balance from within the labyrinth of your inner ear. During the labyrinthectomy, an incision will be made behind the ear and a path made by moving inner ear bones to reach the labyrinth, which will then be drilled into to expose the nerve to remove it. Removing this nerve from one ear allows the nerve in the other ear to be solely responsible for your balance. This surgery is sometimes used to treat Meniere's disease and vertigo.