Ear surgery (Otoplasty)

ear surgery
Example of a protruding ear, before (red) and after the operation (blue).

Reasons for this operation include the following: protruding and prominent ears, big ears and cartilage deformities, such as cat ears or cup ears.

The operation

When suffering from protruding ears, they are approximated close to the head. The operative correction can be performed at as early as 5 years of age, because by then, the ear has nearly reached its final dimensions. The operation is performed with an incision on the dorsal side of the ear; the cartilage is then trimmed or reduced and then approximated to the head by burried sutures.

If cat ears, Darwin tubercules, large ear lobules or torn ear lobules are present, they can also be corrected.

What you should keep in mind
Anaesthesia: local or local with sedation
Length of operation: 1 -2 hours
Patient status:outpatient
Side effects:swelling and bruising of the ears for 2 – 3 weeks, head brace for 1 week
Recovery:back to work: after 1 week
Result: lasting
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