Ear surgery is most commonly performed on children and adults to help reduce the ear from protruding away from the head. In many cases the surgery is performed on children between the ages of four and fourteen. We often hear from children that they are teased about their ears and it can have a devastating effect on a child’s psyche.
Ear surgery is also performed on many adult patients with larger ears and for those with congenital (birth) irregularities that detract from their appearance. Dr. Schreiber also performs reconstructive surgery on ears due to losing an ear or part of an ear in an accident. Otoplasty is used successfully for each of these situations. This procedure has a high level of satisfaction for the patients.
Reasons for Considering Ear Surgery:
- Bring proportion to the face if the ears “stick out” too much.
- Correct folded ear tips (lop ear).
- Reshape long or offset earlobes.
- Enhance very small ears or other congenital defects.
- Remedy an accidental injury, including the loss of an ear.
Ear surgery performed by Dr. Jeffrey Schreiber is commonly performed under general anesthesia for children and local or general anesthesia for adults. The standard otoplasty procedure brings the ears closer to the head. Otoplasty begins with an incision hidden in the crease behind the ear. This incision allows the cartilage located behind the ears to be reshaped in order to position them closer to the head. The procedure takes approximately one to two hours, depending upon the extent of surgery.
There are various surgical techniques involved in correcting irregularities other than protruding ears. These techniques can be discussed with Dr. Schreiber during the initial consultation.
Dr. Schreiber performs ear surgery and other cosmetic surgery procedures at Northwest Hospital in Randallstown, Maryland and at the SurgiCenter of Baltimore in Owings Mills, Maryland. Both of these facilities are easily accessible from Towson, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Pikesville, Ruxton, Lutherville, Howard County, Annapolis, and Washington D.C.
Recovery Process for Ear Surgery
After the surgery is completed, large bandages will be wrapped around the head. This method secures the ear in place and assists with the healing process. The bandages are usually removed within a week and replaced with smaller dressings. Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and reduce the recovery time. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with surgery. Any pain can be treated effectively with oral medication. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the post-operative directions given by Dr. Schreiber.Google+