Natural-looking Reconstruction for Ear Trauma and Injury
Dr. John Reinisch originally developed his innovative MEDPOR® technique as a treatment for congenital ear defects. After recognizing the enormous benefits of this procedure, he has also adapted it to treat patients who have suffered severe ear trauma. Located in Beverly Hills, patients come to our office from around the world seeking Dr. Reinisch’s expertise in the field. If you have suffered a traumatic injury that has permanently damaged the structure of your ear, contact Dr. Reinisch to learn how he can repair your appearance and restore your self-confidence.
Types of Ear Trauma
Car accidents, dog bites, and sports injuries are some of the most common causes of trauma to the ear. In some cases, ear trauma can be treated in the emergency room with sterilization and suturing. However, in more serious situations, doctors may have to remove all or part of the ear. In other cases, the injury may have been so extensive that full reconstruction is required.
Typically, these accidents affect only the outer structure of the ear. However, if a patient's ear canal was also injured, Dr. Reinisch works closely with an outstanding otologist. Using a computed tomography (CT) scan, a specialist can look for signs of damage to the middle and inner ear, and determine whether patients might benefit from eardrum reconstruction.
Benefits of the MEDPOR® Technique
Dr. Reinisch developed his patented MEDPOR® technique to provide microtia and trauma patients with highly lifelike reconstructions. When he performs a MEDPOR® procedure, he uses a porous, high-density polyethylene to reconstruct a new ear structure that matches the shape and size of the undamaged ear.
This innovative material is completely biocompatible, and there is no history of rejection in any of the hundreds of thousands of procedures in which it has been used. Dr. Reinisch will attach this structure outside a patient’s skin, and he will graft the patient’s own membrane over the material. Because the material is porous, tissues and blood vessels connect with the new ear, making it a healthy, living part of the body.
Other Reconstruction Options
In addition to MEDPOR® treatment, patients with traumatic ear deformity have two other treatment options:
- Rib Cartilage Reconstruction: During this procedure, Dr. Reinisch will take cartilage from two or more of a patient’s ribs and will carefully shape the tissue into a new ear. Next, he will surgically implant it in a pocket of skin on the temporal bone.
- Silicone Prosthetic Ear: Patients who prefer non-surgical treatment for their ear trauma may choose a removable prosthesis. Although Dr. Reinisch does not create these restorations himself, he can refer interested patients to a trusted anaplastologist.
Although neither of these treatments offer results that are exactly comparable to MEDPOR® treatment, for the right patients, they can be excellent options.
Contact Us to Learn More
If you have sustained a traumatic injury and are suffering from ear deformity, you have options to improve your appearance and self-assurance. Contact Dr. John Reinisch today to explore your surgical reconstruction treatment options and learn which one is right for you.