Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

Can I use glasses after the pinna reconstructive surgery?

Glasses can definitely be used, the new ear is stable enough to hold glasses.

 

Which is better, a pinna prosthesis or a pinna reconstructed from rib cartilage?

The results of both solutions are aesthetic, however it has to be remembered that a prosthesis will always remain a prosthesis, and often children, and also adults, want their ears to be a part of their body.

 

Can a rib cartilage of the parent be used for reconstructive surgery of the child pinna?

It is not recommended to use another person's cartilage in order to reconstruct a pinna, because the immune systems are different and therefore the recipient will depend on anti-transplant rejection medication, and there is no justification for such a treatment which is defined as non-life threatening surgery.

 

Is it possible to perform the second phase after 3 months instead of 6 months?

Six months is the minimal period required for creating new blood vessels for nourishing all the parts of the pinna, and therefore the second phase cannot be performed earlier.

Is it possible to perform the surgery for opening the ear canal first, and at a later age to perform the aesthetic surgery for reconstructing the pinna?

Is it possible to reconstruct the pinna at the first stage and perform the surgery for opening the ear canal several years later?

Whenever the restoration of the ear canal is possible, the surgery must be well planed in advanced and the canal reconstruction has to be combined with the pinna reconstruction. This procedure ensures that the canal will remain open in more than 90% of the cases, and that no new narrowing of the canal will occur.

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