They just took Jodi into surgery. We had the chance to ask Dr. Orlandi a few questions before they went in. He stressed that the procedure he is attempting is something experimental that he and Dr. Shelton wrote a paper on and has only been done about six times. The advantage over the traditional approach through the ear is that some hearing is preserved with this procedure. He also mentioned that it is very difficult and an attempt to teach another doctor the procedure failed due to the complexity so he is currently the only doctor doing it. Apparently the trick is working in such a tiny space with a needle and it can take between ½ hour up to 2 ½ hours – the variation is due to the differences in each person’s sinus passageways. He also stressed that this procedure is permanent. He also mentioned that down the road if the CSF leak eventually heals itself there MIGHT be a possibility of adding a tube to her ear to help her equalize the pressure – like they often do for children.