Trauma or congenital disorders can cause deformities to the ear, which can lead to hearing loss and impact your life in several ways. Recon Plastic Surgery Centre, Hubli offers ear reconstruction surgery as a way to correct these deformities, regain your hearing, and improve your quality of life. Book an appointment today!
Microtia is a congenital condition characterized by the underdevelopment of the external ear. The degree of microtia can vary, from mild to severe. In its most severe form, microtia can result in the total absence of the ear (anotia). Microtia may occur on one side (unilateral microtia) or both sides (bilateral microtia).
Microtia leads to problems with hearing, as the ear is responsible for collecting sound waves and directing them to the inner ear. The cause of microtia is unknown, but it is believed to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
There are four grades of microtia, based on the severity of the condition:
Ear reconstruction surgery is a type of reconstructive surgery that is performed to correct the deformities caused by microtia or traumatic injury. The goal of this surgery is to create an ear that is as close to normal in appearance and function as possible.
The right candidate for ear reconstruction surgery is someone who has microtia or ear deformities caused by trauma. He or she should be in otherwise good physical health and must have realistic expectations about the results of surgery.Book Appointment
For microtia, it is recommended that ear reconstruction take place when the young patient’s cartilage is mature enough to withstand the stress it is subjected to during surgery. Generally, it is suggested that the candidate should be at least 8 to 10 years of age for best results, though in some cases reconstruction may be delayed till the candidate becomes a teenager.
In case of trauma or injury, ear reconstruction may be performed as soon as the wound has healed and ear cartilage is no longer damaged.
At the consultation, Dr. Arun Jeedi will evaluate the patient’s medical history and current condition. He will also perform a physical examination of the ear to assess the severity of microtia or trauma and to determine whether ear reconstruction is possible.
Dr. Arun will also discuss the different options for ear reconstruction and help the patient choose the best option for his or her case.
After the consultation, Dr. Arun will develop a treatment plan suitable for the patient’s unique case.
The type of ear reconstruction surgery Dr. Arun Jeedi will perform depends on the severity of microtia or trauma.
The most common type of ear reconstruction surgery is autologous ear reconstruction, which uses the patient’s own rib cartilage to create a new ear. This type of surgery is usually performed in two stages.
In the first stage, Dr. Arun will make an incision in the patient’s chest and harvest a strip of cartilage from the rib. He will then shape this cartilage into an ear framework. Then Dr. Arun will create a skin pocket at the designated area, where the reconstructed ear is supposed to be. He will insert the cartilage framework into this pocket and suture it in place.
The second stage is usually performed about six months after the first surgery, when the ear cartilage has healed in place. Dr. Arun will lift the ear framework from the skin pocket and place it into its proper position on the side of the patient’s head with the help of rib cartilage. He will cover the framework with tissue from the undersurface of the scalp (temporoparietal fascial flap) so that it sustains proper shape and strength in the long term. Finally, he will cover the ear with a skin graft and suture it in place.
Dr. Arun will make an ear implant from silicone or other materials before the surgery. This implant will match the opposite ear if it is present. Otherwise, Dr. Arun will make the ear implant according to the patient’s desired shape and size.
During the surgery, Dr. Arun will place the ear implant on the designated area. Then he will cover the ear implant with tissue from the undersurface of the scalp (temporoparietal fascial flap). Then the ear will be covered by a skin graft that will be sutured in place.
Depending on what the patient needs, microtia reconstructive techniques can be utilized to restore ear loss following burns or trauma since the principles of restoration are similar.
Earlobe piercings and heavy earrings can cause the earlobe to stretch or tear.
If the earlobe has a simple slit, Dr. Arun will suture it closed. However, if the damage to the earlobe is more severe, a more complicated procedure may be needed.
Lobe repair or lobuloplasty is a type of ear reconstruction surgery that is performed to repair a split or torn earlobe. This type of surgery is usually performed as a single-stage procedure.
During a lobuloplasty, Dr. Arun will remove the damaged skin and tissue from the earlobe. He will then suture the earlobe back together.
After ear reconstruction surgery, the patient will need to wear a special ear splint for about four weeks to protect the ear and help it heal in the correct position.
The patient should avoid lying on his or her side during this time to prevent pressure on the ear. Dr. Arun will prescribe painkillers for the patient’s comfort.
Most patients return to work after a few days, though any vigorous activity must be avoided until Dr. Arun says otherwise. The patient will also need to come back for follow-up appointments so that Dr. Arun can check on the ear’s progress and remove any stitches.
During the patient’s OPD consultation, the cost of ear reconstruction surgery will be determined by Dr. Arun Jeedi after evaluating the patient’s specific circumstances, understanding the patient’s goals and ambitions, as well as discussing both advantages and possible risks of the surgery.Book Appointment
Ear reconstruction surgery can restore the appearance and functions of the ear, such as hearing and balance. It can also improve the patient’s self-esteem and physical and mental well-being.
Like any other major surgery, ear reconstruction surgery carries hazards, such as bleeding, infection, and an unfavorable reaction to anesthesia. Dr. Arun will prescribe antibiotics to help prevent infection.
Dr. Arun will discuss the risks during the OPD consultation and do everything possible to minimize these risks and ensure the best possible results for the patient.
If you have any queries about ear reconstruction surgery or any other procedure, we invite you for a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Arun Jeedi at Recon Plastic Surgery Centre, where he will thoroughly answer all of your questions.Book Appointment
With our diverse reconstructive and cosmetic procedures, we have transformed many lives. But don’t take our word for it, see for yourself how our patients were able to overcome their challenges after undergoing treatment from us!
Dr. Arun Jeedi is a young and dynamic plastic surgeon with extensive practical experience and expertise in the ever-evolving field of plastic, cosmetic, and reconstructive surgery. Whether you are looking to improve your appearance for a special occasion or you need reconstructive surgery after an accident or illness, Dr. Jeedi can help you achieve your goals. He believes that everyone deserves to look and feel their best, and he will work closely with you to create a treatment plan that meets your unique needs.