RisksBy Mayo Clinic Staff
The canalith repositioning procedure should always be performed under the supervision of a medical professional due to certain risks involved, such as:
- Neck or back injury
- Movement of the otoconia into a canal other than the utricle, which could continue to cause vertigo
- Side effects, including feelings of nausea, dizziness and lightheadedness, which may require medication to relieve
Make sure you tell your doctor about any medical conditions you have, such as a neck or back condition, a detached retina, or vascular problems, before beginning the canalith repositioning procedure. You may need to delay having the canalith repositioning procedure.
June 30, 2015
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