Using a child’s rib cartilage to carve an ear framework has been popular for more than 40 years. Cartilage reconstruction is a type of microtia treatment that requires between 2 and 5 surgeries. The surgeries start when the child has grown big enough, typically between six and ten years of age, to provide enough rib cartilage to make an adult size ear.
First, the cartilage from several ribs is removed through an incision on the child’s chest. The cartilage is carved and pieced together to create an ear framework. This framework is buried underneath the scalp. After the ear has healed, more surgeries are required to complete the reconstruction: elevating the ear away from the scalp, repositioning the earlobe and other adjustments.
Rib Cartilage Ear Reconstruction Front view of Rib Cartilage Ear Reconstruction
Lateral view of a Rib Cartilage Ear Reconstruction Chest Scar from Rib Harvest
We encourage you to contact our office using our simple online form or by phone at (310) 385-6090 to learn more about cartilage reconstruction. We are also proud to be working an entirely new way of repairing the ear, using your own cartilage growth cells. Dr. Reinisch can review your options and help you choose between rib cartilage ear reconstruction and the advanced MEDPOR® technique in a private consultation.