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The purpose of this site is to create awareness amongst parents & relatives of our young patients about the possibility of their child having an ear which is “normal” in appearance. This is possible using the patient’s own rib cartilage. Reconstruction of an absent or damaged external ear is considered to be one of the most difficult surgeries in the entire spectrum of reconstructive plastic surgery.This needs a very intricate planning and attention to detail with the ability to visualise the ear in its three-dimensions. No wonder the Plastic surgeons who have mastered this art can be counted on.…Read More

Parent Interaction Forum

Why implants are a strict no-no for ear reconstruction

I get a lot of queries from anxious parents about their apprehension in letting me use the rib cartilage of their child for reconstructing his or her ear. ” is their no other alternative?”, ” can we not use xyz implant”, ” we are worried about our child’s future if the rib cartilage is [more]

A useful kit to practice carving

A useful kit to practice carvingAn average plastic surgeon treats cases of microtia only occasionally but those whose practice includes a larger volume have realized over the years that it is the carved cartilage that mainly decides the end result and that carving needs practice. In the past material such as soap, putty, clay or [more]

Reconstruction of a Microtic Ear, an outline

Reconstruction of a Microtic Ear, an outlineReconstruction of a Microtic Ear, an outline The following text is about the creation of the main cartilaginous framework of the ear. Detailed steps are covered in the next chapter including how a template is made to facilitate cutting the cartilage of the exact shape and size. Some photographs in [more]

Congenital Abnormalities of the Ear (Microtia)

Congenital Abnormalities of the Ear (Microtia)1.Essential Embryology: a.  The whole of the external ear, temporal bone, the auditory canal, the tympanic membrane and the ossicles which form the vibratory link for conduction of sound, develop from the mandibular and hyoid arches in the early weeks of gestation (Fig. 1). These structures [more]