Protruding ears is a relatively common congenital anomaly. It is either due to turbinate hypertrophy or the absence of antihelices, though sometimes these conditions may coexist. It usually affects both ears but can be detected at only one side.
With otoplasty we rectify this anomaly by modifying the shape of the cartilage of the ear. The incision is made in the posterior surface of the ear and therefore is not obvious.
When surgery for protruding ears has to be performed?
The ear has grown at a rate of 85-90% at age 5-6 years and therefore the surgical correction is no longer feasible. It is recommended to perform the procedure at a relatively early age in order to avoid feedback from peers and upset that psychologically traumatizes the child. However, surgical repair is possible at any age.
What kind of anesthesia is required?
Otoplasty is performed under local anesthesia except in cases when the age of the patient requires general anesthesia. Surgery takes approximately two hours.
What happens postoperatively?
The patient has a special elastic bandage for a week and for the next three weeks uses an elastic tennis ribbon. Postoperative pain is mild and is treated with standard painkillers. Bruising and swelling that appears after surgery tends to subside gradually within a few days.