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Ear Reconstruction for Microtia Patients

Posted Oct 18 2010 8:32pm

microtia_ear_reconstruction Microtia, which by definition means “small ear” is a congenital defect of the ear. It may be a unilateral or a bilateral medical condition resulting in suppressed hearing capability and can be a cause for concern owing to its external appearance and the accompanying hearing problems. Ear reconstruction is the only solution and it is generally carried out for microtia patients who fall between the age of 5 and 7. The surgical procedure can be performed by a highly trained and experienced craniofacial plastic surgeon.

Ear Reconstruction Procedure

Most specialists believe that ear reconstruction procedures are best carried out by utilizing the patient’s own rib cartilage. This minimizes the possibilities adverse reactions, such as rejection, and reduces the risk of infection; which are seen more when artificial implants are used.

The procedure begins by extracting or retrieving the rib cartilage and reshaping it to create the appearance of the ear’s external structure. It is then positioned under the pocket of skin that will eventually become the “new” ear, which at the end of the procedure lies flat against the head. The patient recovers in just three days’ time. It will take about four months for complete healing, so that the second stage of the reconstruction can be performed.

The second and final stage of the plastic surgery procedure is carried out after 4 months; it involves the elevation of the ears from the side of the head with the help of a skin graft and a small block of cartilage for support.

Ear Reconstruction Offers Natural Looking Ears

Ear reconstruction for microtia patients has provided natural looking ears for many patients and has also helped with improving their hearing. As the ears tend to be quite sensitive following the reconstructive procedure, proper care and attention should be taken. The support and guidance during this period by the plastic surgeon can help ensure a great outcome.

Microtia, which by definition means “small ear” is a congenital defect of the ear. It may be a unilateral or a bilateral medical condition resulting in suppressed hearing capability and can be a cause for concern owing to its external appearance and the accompanying hearing problems. Ear reconstruction is the only solution and it is generally carried out for microtia patients who fall between the age of 5 and 7. The surgical procedure can be performed by a highly trained and experienced craniofacial plastic surgeon.

Ear Reconstruction Procedure

Most specialists believe that ear reconstruction procedures are best carried out by utilizing the patient’s own rib cartilage. This minimizes the possibilities adverse reactions, such as rejection, and reduces the risk of infection; which are seen more when artificial implants are used.

The procedure begins by extracting or retrieving the rib cartilage and reshaping it to create the appearance of the ear’s external structure. It is then positioned under the pocket of skin that will eventually become the “new” ear, which at the end of the procedure lies flat against the head. The patient recovers in just three days’ time. It will take about four months for complete healing, so that the second stage of the reconstruction can be performed.

The second and final stage of the plastic surgery procedure is carried out after 4 months; it involves the elevation of the ears from the side of the head with the help of a skin graft and a small block of cartilage for support.

Ear Reconstruction Offers Natural Looking Ears

Ear reconstruction for microtia patients has provided natural looking ears for many patients and has also helped with improving their hearing. As the ears tend to be quite sensitive following the reconstructive procedure, proper care and attention should be taken. The support and guidance during this period by the plastic surgeon can help ensure a great outcome.

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