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

About

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

  • What happens icon plus

    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.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    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.
  • Afterwards icon plus

    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.

Paying for medical treatment

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

Our consultants

We’re proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical, fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.
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Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Request an appointment

Our team can help with any enquiries or you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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