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Choosing the Right Surgeon for Microtia Reconstruction

Posted Jul 19 2012 7:32am
There are many plastic surgeons that perform microtia reconstruction in the US. If you want to make sure that you don’t end up going for a secondary microtia surgery, a competent surgeon should be chosen for microtia reconstruction.

What Specialists Can the Child be Taken to?

A pediatrician or a neonatologist can help in evaluating the child for a proper diagnosis and also help in answering any questions about the child.

-Audiologist and Otolaryngologist
First the child should be seen by an audiologist or an otolaryngologist for hearing checks and for finding out the level of hearing loss. You can ask the audiologist or the ENT specialist about the availability of various options that can help the child in hearing better. Quarterly visits should be scheduled for preventing possible ear infections.

-Oral surgeon and craniofacial surgeon
If the child is having Hemifacial Microtia, Goldenhar Syndrome or Treacher Collins, you may definitely want to set up an appointment with an oral surgeon or a craniofacial surgeon. Get hold of all the necessary information that can help in avoiding the possibility of surgery. If microtia surgery is recommended, always ask about the age at which it can be done.

Parents may want to consult a geneticist to obtain some additional information of how Hemifacial Microsomia, Goldenhar Syndrome, Treacher Collins or Atresia may have occurred.

-Canalplasty surgeon and a microtia reconstructive surgeon
If you are interested in finding out more about reconstructive surgical options available for your child, schedule an appointment with an expert plastic surgeon or reconstruction specialist. Many of them specialize in Atresia repair and facial reconstruction surgery.  Ask for details of the surgery so that you can be aware of the various options that are available for the child before planning the surgery.

How to Find the Right Plastic Surgeon for Microtia Reconstruction

- Consult your colleagues, relatives, friends and family physician for suggestions regarding the best microtia surgeons. Research can also be done on search engines.
- The plastic surgeon you choose should be able to give information about the steps involved in this plastic surgery, including the possible complications and risks.
- He must be able to provide the before and after images of ear reconstruction surgery he has performed.
- Read the testimonials and the reviews posted about the surgeon online. Try getting in touch with patients who have already had an experience with him.
- The plastic surgeon should be working at an accredited plastic surgery facility.
- He should have performed microtia surgery successfully many times in the past. He must also have provided the procedure with sufficient frequency.
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