Indications for Ear Surgery, Otoplasty
Congenital ear deformities, most often bilaterally prominent ears.
Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)
The operative correction involves repositioning the cartilage so that the ear sits closer to the head. Time 2-3 hours
Outpatient, hospital, general anesthesia, a cooperative patient can be treated in the office with local anesthesia and sedation.
There is mild temporary surgical discomfort, bruising, swelling, and numbness. Permanent scars are present but are behind the ear.
Although uncommon, complications can occur and include bleeding, infection of cartilage that can lead to deformity, asymmetry, and the occasional need for additional surgery if the prominence recurs.
Our patients wear a headband for 3-4 weeks to facilitate good wound healing and minimize complications. We encourage our patients to continue to wear a headband for an additional 6 months as tolerated. Most patients return to work or school 1 week following surgery, and their normal exercise routine at 4-6 weeks.