This procedure is used "pin" back protruding ears that do not have the normal relationship to the head. It is commonly performed on children but can also be preformed on adults who want to fix protruding ears.
How Long Does Otoplasty Take?
It takes about 1.5 hours under general anesthesia. Local anesthetic is also injected into the ears once the patient has been put to sleep. Permanent sutures are used to hold the ears in position. Sometimes it is necessary to remove cartilage to avoid excessive narrowing of the ear canal. That is usually a simple maneuver. The patient is placed in a large circumferential head dressing until one or two days after the surgery. The dressing is then removed and the patient can shower. There is usually some bruising of the ears after surgery and also swelling. The most common complication is re-protrusion of an ear. The body adds scar tissue to "weld" the ear cartilage in the new position but this takes 6-8 weeks. It is important to be mindful of any activity that could hit the ear and tear any of the sutures. The incision is placed behind the ear and sutures are removed.
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