For more than 40 years, surgeons have used rib cartilage to construct an ear framework as part of a microtia reconstruction procedure. Surgery is typically performed when there is ample cartilage available to create an adult-sized ear. While the surgery is invasive, requiring between two and four operations, Cedars-Sinai explains that this technique remains a well-proven method for ear reconstruction.
An advantage of rib cartilage ear reconstruction is that the technique utilizes the body’s own tissues. Therefore, patients can expect their newly constructed ear to be able to endure impact from sports and other childhood activities. Even so, while the technique provides an excellent prognosis in most cases, the process of removing the rib cartilage is a drawback. Notably painful, the procedure requires one to two overnight stays at a hospital. There is a permanent scar on the chest, along with the risk of developing a chest wall deformity at the site of the removal. In regards to aesthetics, there’s always a chance that the normal ear may need to be pinned back to match the reconstructed ear. Furthermore, because the frame of the cartilage is positioned beneath the scalp, the lower hairline around the ear may cause the ear to appear hairy.
As with any surgery, microtia reconstruction using a rib graft technique is best performed by expert hands that have been trained in ear reconstruction and deformities.
Dr. Mark Mitchell Jones of Atlanta Plastic Surgery Specialists, P.C., is a nationally respected leader and authority in microtia reconstruction surgery, and combines over 20 years of training and experience when performing sensitive surgical procedures involving the ear. Having studied and trained abroad, Dr. Jones incorporates specialized knowledge and wisdom into his surgical pursuits. He is double board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology, and is uniquely qualified to perform even the most complex ear reconstruction procedures with superior results.
For more information regarding microtia reconstruction surgery, contact Dr. Jones at his Atlanta-based practice—Atlanta Plastic Surgery Specialists, P.C.