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What to Expect from Microtia Ear Surgery

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Microtia ear surgery is a challenging procedure that only a surgeon with special expertise can perform. It is necessary to have realistic expectations about the results as well as be properly informed

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									Houston Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery                                   Call: 713-791-0700



What to Expect from Microtia Ear Surgery
                                                   Microtia       is   a       birth     defect
                                                   characterized by a deformity of the
                                                   external ear. It sometimes includes
                                                   the middle and inner ear, and in
                                                   many cases, causes hearing loss. If
                                                   you suspect your child is affected,
consult a surgeon with special expertise in microtia ear surgery. This
malformation of the ear can usually be corrected surgery, but as it is a
technically difficult procedure, it is necessary to be well-informed about
what to expect.


What to Expect from This Challenging Plastic Surgery
Procedure

Microtia reconstruction is a challenging form of surgery and involves
harvesting rib cartilage and using it to craft an earlobe to replace the
deformed or missing one. The condition is graded based on its severity. In
Grade I, the entire ear is much smaller than normal; in Grade II, some
features such as the outer rim are absent; in Grade III, there would be some
skin and cartilage, the lobe would be deformed and the external ear canal
and external ear tissue would be missing; in Grade IV, the entire pinna is
absent.

The surgery is usually performed when the child is 6-7 years old. A CT scan
is first performed to understand the condition. Hospital stay is necessary for
ear reconstruction surgery, which involves the following stages:



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



    • The rib cartilage graft is implanted and the auricular framework is
        created with the graft
    • A z-shaped incision is made on the skin covering the newly crafted
        structure and the lobule is shaped
    • The auricle or ear is raised
    •   The external ear canal is created

The blood is drained off using small suction drains, which also help the skin
flaps to settle in with the grafts. The surgeon will remove these drains within
a week. The ear surgery takes approximately 5 hours. Healing time between
the various stages of microtia repair could take two to three months. Once
the surgery has healed completely, the surgeon can drill an opening to the
internal ear canal to enable hearing. In some cases, hearing aids that amplify
sound directly to the bone are used.


Choose the Right Surgeon

Only a specialized surgeon can perform this delicate plastic surgery. In fact,
it is very important that you choose the right surgeon as there are numerous
issues could arise if microtia surgery is not properly handled. These include
donor site problems, destruction of skin flap tissues, infections, collection of
blood outside the blood vessels, fluid formation, and unaesthetic results. So
do your research well and consult a board-certified plastic surgeon
experienced in microtia ear surgery. Make sure that the surgical center is
AAAASF-accredited. It is also necessary that you have realistic expectations
about the results. Your child should be made to understand about the surgery
and follow post-operative instructions to avoid trauma. Microtia ear surgery



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


is expensive, but there are surgeons who offer services for children
regardless of financial resources.


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




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




                                    Microtia Ear Reconstruction

								
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