Shown here is a case of pediatric external ear reconstruction. The girl’s left microtic auricle had remnants of disorganized cartilage with an earlobe. This surgery is normally performed at about 14-15 years of age but it was done at a younger age in this 10-year-old because she was facing psychological problems as a result of being teased a lot for her ear defect by other children at school.
A template of the normal side was designed to recreate the key elements of the ear shape on the affected side. Costal cartilage was harvested; external framework was carved and tunneled to reconstruct the external ear. After suction, the skin is seen getting adhered to the cartilage. This will be followed by the second-stage surgery to elevate the newly formed ear from the side of the head.
Ear reconstruction surgeries are a demanding undertaking and must be performed with skill, precision & artistry.