MEDPOR® Ear Reconstruction: State-of-the-Art Treatment for Microtia
Although there has been a well-established surgical microtia treatment for over 55 years, Dr. John Reinisch saw a need to create a more advanced surgical technique that could provide improved cosmetic results, and allow children to receive treatment with less discomfort and at an earlier age. In 1991, he introduced a newer technique, known as MEDPOR® ear reconstruction. Located in Beverly Hills, patients travel to our practice from around the world to receive this advanced treatment. During the procedure, Dr. Reinisch creates a polyethylene framework and grafts a patient’s own skin over the structure. The safe, effective technique offers a number of benefits. It is suitable for patients aged three and above, and has been used to successfully treat patients in their 50’s and 60’s. To learn more about MEDPOR® treatment and you or your child's suitability for the procedure, contact Dr. Reinisch today.
The MEDPOR® Technique
MEDPOR®, short for microporous high-density polyethylene implant, is 100% biocompatible, and since its introduction twenty years ago, has been used successfully in over 250,000 reconstructive, cranial, and cosmetic surgeries. Prior to the procedure, Dr. Reinisch will create the MEDPOR® ear framework, which is modified in a way to match the shape and projection of the opposite, normal ear, eliminating the need for a future ear pinning surgery.
MEDPOR® surgery is performed under general anesthesia. For optimal patient safety, Dr. Rienisch works with several pediatric anesthesiologists. Once the new ear is in place, he will graft skin over the new structure, usually from beneath the patient's scalp. Because the MEDPOR® framework is porous, surrounding blood vessels and skin can integrate with the material, making it a living part of the body.
MEDPOR® ear reconstruction is a single-stage surgery and boasts numerous advantages over the traditional procedure, leading many experts to believe it is the best surgical option for microtia. Perhaps the most notable advantage of the procedure is that it can be performed at such a young age. Ear canal repair may be performed before or during MEDPOR® surgery. By addressing aural atresia at an early age, children can have better hearing at the same time that their peers are processing and learning language, and they will have a lower chance of developing speech disorders and difficulties with language. Moreover, by having the cosmetic aspects of microtia addressed before they start school, children can face less psychological distress. Finally, because the MEDPOR® structure is bonded with a patient’s own tissue, it is typically very sturdy, so patients will be able to participate in the same sports and activities as their friends.
Aftercare & Healing
Following surgery, Dr. Reinisch will place a protective silicone cover over the new ear to aid in healing and encourage proper contouring. Patients will have at least two follow-up appointments - the first one to two days after surgery and the second about two weeks later. Out of town patients and their families scheduling for a Combined Atresia Medpor surgery in Palo Alto are provided with a complimentary two night stay at the nearby Four Seasons Hotel. Because many patients stay several weeks to benefit from ongoing supervision and care, the doctor proudly partners with the local Ronald MacDonald House, which provides accommodations to families traveling for medical care.
The advanced nature of MEDPOR® surgery typically results in less scarring than traditional surgical techniques. When Dr. Reinisch creates the ear framework, it will be constructed to be the same size as an adult ear. Although it may look slightly large for several years, young patients will have a natural appearance, increased self-confidence, and often, enhanced hearing for the rest of their lives.
Learn More During a Consultation
To learn more about MEDPOR® ear reconstruction and how it could benefit you or your child, schedule a consultation with Dr. Reinisch today.