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Correction Outstanding Ears (Setback Otoplasty)

What Is It?

Protruding ears can be a significant embarrassment to males and females of all ages. Women and girls can conceal the prominence of their ears through hairstyles, but if they put their hair up, they too can become very self-conscious. A setback otoplasty is a procedure whereby the cartilage of the ears is folded back so that the ears become
less prominent.

Young children may be mocked by their peers, and parents and teachers need to be astute in recognizing the stresses that a boy or girl may be going through. Echoes of unkind childhood remarks may persist into adulthood. It is quite common for adults to have this surgery as well.

Patient Examples

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Before Surgery Consultation

Dr. Neu takes a careful history of each patient’s general health and determines whether the individual would be a good candidate for the surgery.

He listens very closely to the concerns expressed by young children about their ears. With gentle encouragement, they are usually quick to explain the dissatisfaction they have with the appearance of their ears, and their desire for corrective surgery. The presence of supportive parents is very critical in the consultation process. In a straightforward manner that every child can understand, Dr. Neu explains to the family what can be done, what the surgery entails and what the recovery is like. For adult patients, an equally thorough analysis and consultation is carried out.

In most circumstances, a setback otoplasty is covered under OHIP up until the age of 17 years.

The Surgery

The surgery is done as a day procedure. In children, it is usually carried out under general anesthesia, and in adults it can be done under local or general anesthesia.

Through an incision at the back of the ear, stitches are placed into the cartilage, bending it into a more desirable, less prominent shape. Dissolving stitches are used to close
the skin incision, and a head dressing is applied.

Resumption of Activity

Patients can return to sedentary activities or school within a week. Vigorous sports can be resumed within three weeks.