Microtia, also called aural atresia or ear atresia is an ear deformity wherein one or both of the ears are malformed or underdeveloped. This congenital condition generally results in conductive hearing loss. Dr. Boutros has focused a significant portion of his career to ear reconstruction, and a majority of his overseas mission work focuses on ear reconstruction.
Microtia Treatment Options
Rib Cartilage Graft Reconstruction
It is the common procedure that the surgeon prefers for microtia reconstruction. It gives natural and lifetime results with minimal possibilities of risk. This ear surgery is ideally performed with natural, living cartilage taken from the patient’s own rib. Children in the age group 5 to 7 are ideal candidates for microtia ear reconstruction.
Reconstruction is accomplished with two and sometimes three procedures.
Once the rib cartilage is extracted, it is sculpted and molded to make it look identical to an ear. The ear cartilage is then placed beneath the skin where the ear should be. This allows the skin to take the shape of the cartilage, and a natural shape is formed. Surgery time is approximately 5 hours and the patient recovers fully in 3 days.
The latter half of the procedure is performed after four months, giving enough time for the ear to heal and withstand another surgery. The ear lying flat against the head is given the proper projection from the side by placing a small block of cartilage in a pocket under the skin. Sometimes, a third procedure is required for piercing the ears for wearing earrings. This is often done in the office with local anesthesia in cooperative patients.
Advantages of Rib Graft Microtia Reconstruction
- Safe procedure
- Natural and lifetime results
- Ensures complete and quick recovery in 3 days
- Your own skin covers the new ear, so there is no risk of rejection
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