Ear Reconstruction

Typically beginning when the patient is approximately five years old, reconstruction of the ear requires several staged operations. In the first stage, cartilage is removed from the lower ribs of the opposite side of the body, carved to resemble an external ear and then placed under the skin of the affected side. All attempts are made to incorporate whatever portions of the ear are present. In the second procedure, the earlobe is rotated into position. In the third, the ear is raised away from the head and a skin graft applied to the back surface. The skin graft is usually taken from the top of the thigh or buttock. Additional surgeries may be unnecessary, though a fourth procedure can be done to give the ear a more natural appearance.

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