Ear Trauma and Reconstruction
If you have been in an accident that resulted in trauma to your ear or if you have a child who has suffered trauma to the ear, you are not alone. Unfortunately, parts of the ear are frequently injured. This is due, in part, to the ear’s exposure from its projection from the head. In more serious cases of ear trauma, the entire ear or parts of the ear may be severely damaged or even lost. Fortunately, most of this damage can be corrected in the hands of a skilled and experienced reconstructive surgeon. However, this type of reconstructive ear surgery requires a level of expertise that is shared by a small number of surgeons.
The rib graft technique is viewed as the “gold standard” for ear reconstructive surgeries. It has been around since the 1920’s and has been improved over time. This cutting edge technique utilizes the body’s own tissues, harvested from rib cartilage and skin to reconstruct all or part of the ear. This method is ideal for use in children because with the living tissues, the reconstructed ear will grow with the body.
The rib graft technique is a complicated process that requires different stages. Typically, it will require anywhere from two to four different surgeries, depending on the severity of the injury to the ear and the type of reconstruction that is required. After each stage, a period of healing is required before the next stage can begin.
If you are considering ear reconstructive surgery, it is important to find the right surgeon to perform this highly complicated procedure. First, you will want to make sure that any surgeon you are considering is board-certified. Most surgeons who perform this type of surgery are certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. In addition, you will want to ask how many cases he or she has performed and ask to view before and after pictures from the procedures. You may also want to ask for references from former patients who have undergone ear reconstructive surgery.
Ear trauma can be very traumatic for patients and their families. Thankfully, with today’s advances in ear reconstructive surgery, there are many options for patients who have suffered traumatic injuries to the ear. If you have questions about ear reconstruction surgery, talk to a qualified plastic and reconstructive surgeon today.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mark Mitchell Jones, Atlanta Plastic Surgery Specialists, P.C.