If you or your child have prominent ears and feel uncomfortable about them, then otoplasty may be the right procedure for you or your child. Large or prominent ears at any age may be a source of ridicule or teasing by others. The surgery can be done on children 5 years oíd. The earlier the ear surgery, the less teasing and ridicule the child will have to endure. It is recommended that parents stay alert to their child’s feelings about protruding ears; don’t insist on the surgery until your child wants the change. Children who want the ear surgery are generally more cooperative during the process and happier with the outcome.
1:30 to 2 hours
Every surgery ahs special risks and complications Dr. Binker will discuss this with you at the time of your visit.
The patient’s head will be wrapped in a bulky bandage immediately following surgery to promote the best molding and healing. The ears may throb or ache a little for a few days, but this can be well controlled by oral medication. Within a few days, a lighter head dressing similar to a headband will replace the bulky bandages. You shouid engage in light walking as soon as possible to minimize the potential for blood clot and other complications. A return to light activity is possible as soon as you feel ready, usually within a few days of surgery. You may be able to return to work and more normal activity within few days, as long as you do not engage ¡n any heavy lifting or vigorous exercise. Any activity in which the ear might be bent shouid be avoided for a month or so. Most children can go back to school after 7 day or so, if they are careful about playground activity. Keep in mind that recovery period varíes from patient to patient.