Purpose: Otolaryngologists have had to postpone the majority of surgical procedures in the current COVID-19 pandemic. Airborne transmission, beyond the projection of droplets from upper airways, expose healthcare workers to a risk of viral infection. Aerosol generating procedures (AGP) increase the risk of viral transmission to staff within the operating room. Methods: Surgery of middle ear and mastoid is also considered an AGP, particularly mastoidectomy performed using a high-speed drill. The authors report their experience in endoscopic ear surgery as an alternative technique to reduce AGP in otologic procedures. Results: Transcanal endoscopic ear surgery is a reliable technique used to manage many otologic conditions. Conclusion: The endoscopic approach may reduce the risk of viral transmission to operating room staff by reducing the need for mastoidectomy.
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