At the Ear Surgery Center of Excellence, our Los Angeles ear surgeons are dedicated to providing comprehensive and compassionate treatment for microtia and any associated birth deformity or hearing loss. Below are answers to some frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding microtia and ear surgery. If you have any more specific questions or wish to schedule an appointment with one of our expert ear surgeons, contact us today at (888) 281-8537.
Q: What is the difference between microtia and atresia?
A: The majority of children born with microtia also have aural atresia, but they are different ailments. Microtia is a congenital deformity affecting the outer ear. The severity of the deformity can vary from a slightly smaller ear to the complete absence of an external ear. Aural atresia is the absence or closure of the external ear canal and malformation of the middle ear.
Q: How do I know if my child has hearing loss?
A: After being diagnosed with microtia, one of the first tests your child will likely receive is a hearing test known as a brain stem auditory evoked response (BAER). This will be used to determine if your child’s hearing is impaired and whether or not a hearing correction device will be necessary. Follow-up hearing tests are necessary throughout the first several years of childhood to ensure your child is maintaining adequate hearing.
Q: What are the treatment options for microtia?
A: If you or your child has been born with microtia, reconstructive surgery can be used to reshape the affected ear or ears to achieve a more natural-looking appearance. Of course, not everyone with microtia decides to have reconstructive surgery. Some parents choose to wait and allow their children to decide whether or surgery is their preferred microtia treatment option once they become older. Before undergoing reconstructive treatment, our surgeons work closely with each patient to discuss expectations, preferences, and candidacy for the following surgical options:
- Autologous reconstruction (Rib cartilage technique)
- Synthetic reconstruction
- Prosthetic Ear
- Otoplasty (Ear reshaping)
Q: What are the complications of reconstructive ear surgery?
A: The decision to undergo reconstructive surgery is entirely up to the patient or, in the case of a child, the child’s parents. In Dr. Honrado’s experience, patients have been extremely happy after undergoing surgery, and the benefits have far outweighed the risks.
However, as with any surgical procedure, there is a small chance of complications. These include infection, bleeding, or a disappointing cosmetic result. Our medical staff takes every precaution before, during, and after surgery to reduce the risk of complications and ensure the best results for our patients.
Q: Why should a facial plastic surgeon perform microtia surgery?
A: Ear reconstructive surgery is a complex, delicate procedure that requires extensive knowledge of the structures of the ear as well as a high level of technical skill in cosmetic surgery. After undergoing residency training in both general surgery and otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, & Throat surgery), a facial plastic surgeon completes a rigorous fellowship in facial plastic & reconstructive surgery to develop expertise in cosmetic procedures. Therefore, an experienced and specialized facial plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Honrado, can achieve the best aesthetic and functional results with the least risk of complications.
Q: What makes the Center of Excellence unique?
A: The Ear Surgery Center of Excellence offers a world-class team of otolaryngologists as well as facial plastic & reconstructive surgeons. Our patients experience excellent results because of our team approach as well as the personal care we offer within a safe and controlled environment. Our facility features a multi-million dollar center, the most advanced technology available, and a first-class support staff. We aim to provide comprehensive and compassionate care for every patient and promise to make our patients the top priority every step of the way.
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Every patient is provided with a thorough personal assessment that enables our healthcare team to implement, monitor, and evaluate care and answer questions. For more information regarding our services please contact the Ear Surgery Center of Excellence at (888) 281-8537.
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