Plastic, Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgery - Ear Reconstruction, for Microtia and Trauma in Australia
Ear Reconstruction and Microtia
About Microtia in Australia Print E-mail
Microtia is a condition in which there is an incomplete or abnormally formed ear. The name comes from the words "micro" (=small) and “otia” (=ear). Microtia may affect one side only (unilateral) or affect both ears (bilateral). In 80% of the time it is unilateral.
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Hearing in Microtia Print E-mail
In some cases of microtia the hearing may be normal or partly reduced and not require any treatment. Patients with microtia may not have an external ear canal, but this does not necessarily mean that they cannot hear on that side, as the inner ear can still be normal. In others, there may be problems with the formation of the middle ear which can affect hearing.
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Ear Reconstructive Surgery - Australia Print E-mail
To create a new ear as a result of birth defects such as microtia , trauma or previous surgery, the choices are either to use tissue from the patients own body (autogenous reconstruction) or to use synthetic materials (alloplastic reconstruction).
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Timing for the Surgery Print E-mail
Dr Lotz performs ear reconstructive surgery related to microtia no earlier than the age of 10 years old. Whilst some surgeons advocate surgery at an earlier age, Dr Lotz is convinced that operating earlier produces results that are not as good.  Follow the link below to understand more about this issue.
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Traumatic ear reconstruction Print E-mail
Apart from microtia, ears may become deformed as a result of trauma, surgery, burns and infection. The reconstruction of these traumatic deformities follows the same principles as reconstruction for microtia. A case study with images is also included.
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Minor Ear Deformities Print E-mail
There are other minor ear deformities which involve less invasive techniques.
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Dr Nicholas Lotz, MBBS BSc(Med) FRACS