Otoplasty – Ear pinning

Otoplasty (ear reshaping) is designed to correct protruding or disfigured ears in children and adults. The goal is creation of a natural shape, improving balance and proportion to the ears and face. Some patients benefit from placing simple sutures in the ear cartilage to reposition the ears closer to the skull, while other patients need cartilage removal. Often these procedures are performed in combination.Otoplasty

Who is a candidate for otoplasty?

Adults and children age 5 or older.

Otoplasty – Outpatient Procedure

Professor Gjurić is performing otoplasty as an outpatient procedure. Local anesthesia, conscious sedation for adults, or general anesthesia for children may be used. A hidden incision is made behind the ear. Specialized sutures are used to “pin” the ears back to a more normal position and restore normal ear anatomy. An additional procedure may also be performed to remove a small piece of the excessive cartilage to create a more natural and longer lasting result.

Otoplasty – Postoperative course

A head bandage is usually placed for 1-3 days. When the bandage is removed, the surgeon will ask the patient to wear a head band at night for several weeks to assist in keeping the ears in the correct position.

Recuperation and Healing

The recovery period averages 7-10 days. Patients with long hair can immediately cover the ears and return to work or play earlier. Activity is reduced for the first 2 weeks. Contact sports and helmet use are discouraged for 6-8 weeks.