Otoplasty (Ear) Surgery
In cases of protruding or underdeveloped ears, Otoplasty can achieve remarkable results. Otoplasty is commonly referred to as “pinning” of the ears and can be performed on children once their ears have stopped developing, around the age of six. The procedure is most frequently performed during the teenage years but adults are also good candidates. Dr. Spanganberg has the option of either folding the cartilage located on the back of the ear or removing excess cartilage. Sutures are placed and bandages applied to speed the healing process. The procedure typically takes less than 2 hours.
Malformed ears can be the cause of psychological stress and teasing. Consideration should be given to correct this problem when it becomes a concern. Dr. Spanganberg performs several techniques used to improve the majority of the problems related to protruding ears.
Repair of earlobe gauging is also becoming a more common procedure as patients, either due to personal choices, or related to work requirements, are opting to have the excess earlobe tissue created by the gauging process repaired. Regardless of the size of the hole that has been created from the gauging process, the ear can be returned to a normal shape.
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Torn earlobes frequently occur when earrings are traumatically pulled from their position in the earlobe. People often live with the soft tissue tear that has occurred because they are unaware that it can be repaired via a simple surgical procedure. The ear can even be re-pierced at the time of the repair to allow the patient to resume wearing earrings.
Before Surgery – The Consultation
Prior to surgery, we will evaluate your medical history in order to better understand your overall health. In addition, a complete examination of your ears is made in order to take the most effective surgical approach. All issues such as surgical techniques, risks and benefits, expected results and types of anesthesia used will be discussed.
Dr. Spanganberg will provide you with pre-operative instructions that may include the elimination of specific drugs containing aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (Advil, Aleve etc.) and Vitamin E, several weeks before surgery to minimize excess bleeding. Antibiotics may also be prescribed to prevent infection. Digital photographs are taken in order to help plan and customize surgical technique. The procedure is performed under IV Sedation or general anesthesia and Dr. Spanganberg will discuss this option with you.
Preoperative Instructions for Patients Undergoing Intravenous (IV) Anesthesia
- The patient may not have anything to eat or drink (including water) for six (6) hours prior to the appointment except enough fluids to take your normal medication or medication prescribed by our office.
- A responsible adult must accompany the patient to the office, remain in the office during the procedure, and drive the patient home after the procedure.
- The patient should not drive a vehicle for 24 hours following anesthesia or for 4 hours after taking narcotic pain medication.
Wear loose fitting clothing with short-sleeved shirts or sleeves, which can be rolled up past the elbow. Contact lenses, jewelry and dentures should be removed before the time of surgery.
After the operation, patients should expect bruising around the area that begins to fade between 1 and 2 weeks. Pain associated with operation is minimal and can be easily controlled with oral medication. Initial bandages are only needed for a few days and are then replaced with a lighter removable dressing, which is worn when at home and during sleep. Showering with shampoo begins after a few days. Expect 2-3 days of recovery before normal activities can be performed. Consult with Dr. Spanganberg before resuming strenuous activity.