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Facts about Microtia Ear Reconstruction
Microtia is a congenital abnormality of the external ear which can be
corrected through reconstructive surgery. The reasons why microtia occurs
are still unknown. The condition is characterized by a small external ear, but
in its extreme form, the entire ear could be missing. Microtia surgery has
                                                    many stages and involves harvesting
                                                    cartilage from the rib cage to build a
                                                    new ear. If your child has been
                                                    diagnosed    with   microtia,        it   is
                                                    necessary to understand all facts
                                                    about microtia ear reconstruction
before the treatment begins. This article outlines the key points.


    • Goals of Microtia Reconstruction

In congenital microtia, the malformation of the ear is clearly visible. The
surgery begins when the child is five or six years old, though the exact time
depends on the auricular growth and the size of the rib cage. A series of
operations are performed to give the ears a normal appearance. In the final
stage, the microtic ear is replaced by the new auricle.


    • The Ear Reconstruction Procedure

Only by a plastic surgeon with specialized experience can perform microtia
surgery. A proper understanding of the anatomy and structure of the ear is
essential to contour the existing auricular framework or to build a new one.




                                   Microtia Ear Reconstruction
Houston Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery                         Call: 713-791-0700


A CT scan helps the surgeon understand the extent of the microtia repair
required. In the first stage of the treatment, the cartilage necessary for the
reconstruction is removed from the rib cage. The cartilage is then shaped and
placed in the framework for the new ear. The next stage is the transposition
of the lobule. This is followed by the reconstruction of the tragus. Finally,
the auricle is elevated or lifted to the proper position. This completes the ear
reconstruction procedure.

General anesthesia is administered as microtia surgery procedures can take
several hours. Suction drains are placed to allow adaptation of the skin the
cartilage and are removed 3-4 days after the plastic surgery. Dressings are
removed after 4-5 days. Antibiotics are administered at all stages of the
surgery.


    • Post-operative Care

Proper post-operative care is critical as complications can arise. It is
therefore important that the child is made aware about the issue and
understands the surgical process. This will help to ensure the child’s
cooperation during the post-operative stage.


    • The Surgeon and The Surgical Center

One of the most important facts about microtia surgery is that it requires a
skilled and committed board-certified plastic surgeon with relevant
experience − about 5-10 successful operations a year to his credit. Maximum
patient safety is ensured if the procedures are carried out in an AAAASF-
accredited surgical center.



                                   Microtia Ear Reconstruction
Houston Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery                         Call: 713-791-0700



Contact Details
Houston Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery
6400 Fannin Suite 2290
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: 713-791-0700
URL: http://www.drseanboutros.com/




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Description: Microtia surgery involves harvesting cartilage from the rib cage to build a new ear. If your child has been diagnosed with microtia, it is necessary understand the all facts about microtia ear reconstruction before the treatment begins