Ear reconstruction surgery

SURGERY TO RECONSTRUCT AN EAR


Surgery to form a new ear following damage or loss of an ear due to trauma or failed surgery, or to treat a birth defect

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Repairing a damaged ear

An ear can be lost or damaged in an accident, through disease, by an infected piercing or even as a result of failed cosmetic surgery.

Our expert consultants can reconstruct an ear using either your own tissue or, if the tissue is severely damaged, by anchoring a prosthetic ear to the head.

Need to know

Surgery using your own tissue is done in two stages. Both are carried out under general anaesthetic so you'll be asleep. The first surgery takes up to five hours.

Your surgeon will create a pocket by reshaping tissue to mimic the shape of your ear. A small amount of cartilage, taken from your ribs, will be carved and wired together. It will be inserted into the pocket and stitched closed. About six months later, a second surgery will be done to lift your ear from your head and help it protrude correctly.

For a prosthetic reconstruction, two or three small titanium implants will be inserted into the side of the head so a false ear can be attached.

Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you. Your consultant will let know what type of ear reconstruction surgery is available to you and exactly what's involved in the procedure.

They'll tell you how to prepare and how long you should avoid eating and drinking before having general anaesthetic.

If you're having an ear reconstructed using your own tissue, you'll need to stay in hospital for about five days following your first operation — and up to three days after the second. If you're having a prosthetic ear made, it will last about 18 months before it needs replacing. It will need to be removed at night so that it, and the surrounding area, can be carefully cleaned.

Hospital stay and procedure

Self-funding

Paying for medical treatment

You don't need medical insurance to have fast access to our top consultants, extensive range of treatments, diagnostic tests and surgical procedures at our world-class facilities.

Ear reconstruction surgery Consultants

Professor Kavin Andi

Professor Kavin Andi

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Mr Ross Elledge

Mr Ross Elledge

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Mr Simon Withey

Mr Simon Withey

Plastic Surgery

Mr Robert Nash

Mr Robert Nash

Ear Nose & Throat Surgery (ENT/Otolaryngology)

Our Ear reconstruction surgery locations

The Wellington Hospital

The Wellington Hospital

8A Wellington Place NW8 9LE London

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