During ear reconstruction surgery, the ear is repaired or reshaped following injury, disease, or deformity. To complete the procedure in the case of a minor repair, the surgeon may use cartilage from the patient’s ribs. To completely reshape the ear, a synthetic ear frame is used.
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Conditions Treated with Ear Reconstruction:
Ear reconstruction is utilized in cases of ear trauma following a disease or injury. It is also utilized in a wide range of deformities, including folded ear, cagot ear, cleft earlobe, cup ear, Darwinian ear, scroll ear, Stah’s ear, cauliflower ear, missing ear and Wildermuth ear.
There are no comparable non-surgical or surgical alternatives to ear reconstruction.
Anesthesia with Ear Reconstruction:
Ear reconstruction is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Ear Reconstruction:
Possible risks of ear reconstruction include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia that is used. Some patients temporarily experience soreness, swelling and bruising following the procedure. Other potential complications include hearing loss, scarring and asymmetrical ears. If an area on the patient’s body is used as a donor site, it can result in scarring there as well.
Recovery from Ear Reconstruction:
The total recovery time for ear reconstruction is six to eight weeks.