What is Ear Surgery?
Ear surgery, also called Otoplasty, can correct ear abnormalities, such as ears that protrude, are excessively large, misshapen, or asymmetrical. It can also repair stretched or torn earlobes. A number of techniques might be used to restore a normal appearance to the ears, including grafting of cartilage.
Dr. Combs has extensive experience with ear surgery from correcting prominent ears to more complex reshaping of injuries or congenital deformities. During your consultation, he will spend time with you to answer your questions and make sure he fully understands what you want to achieve. He will examine you and take a full medical history to ensure you are a good candidate for ear surgery.
Ear surgery can be performed on patients as young as six years of age, at which time the cartilage is not too soft and the ears are nearly full. Having the surgery performed relatively early can prevent the child from enduring teasing.
What to Expect from Ear Surgery
Adults can sometimes have ear surgery under local anesthesia and sedation, while children usually do better under general anesthesia.
For protruding ears, the ear cartilage is re-shaped from behind. If reshaping of the ears is required, Dr. Combs may remove some tissue or graft cartilage on a part of the ears to restore a more normal shape.
Because the surgery can be very different depending on what is required, it can last anywhere from one to two hours. All incisions are placed in hidden areas, such as the folds of the ears or behind the ears.
Ear Surgery Recovery and Aftercare
Most patients miss about a week or two of work or school after ear surgery. Exercise and sports activities can be resumed after about six weeks. It is very important that the ears not receive any injuries during the healing process. For this reason, you will need to sleep on your back for a period of time, and you will not be able to use ear buds for a week or two.
You will go home with bandages over the ears and a headband to wear while you sleep. Pain, swelling, and bruising are inevitable for at least two weeks. Elevating your head while sleeping will reduce swelling. Pain medication will be given, as well as antibiotics to prevent infection.
The final results of your ear surgery will show when all swelling has subsided. Of course, if you have any questions as you heal, do not hesitate to call us. We will see you for follow-up examinations to monitor your healing.
Call us today for Ear Surgery. We regularly see patients from the greater Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington areas.