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Adv Otorhinolaryngol. 2010;68:53-64. doi: 10.1159/000314562. Epub 2010 May 3.

Ear reconstruction with porous polyethylene implants.

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  • 1Klinikum Grosshadern, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universit√§t M√ľnchen, Munich, Germany.


This article describes a surgical technique using porous polyethylene as the framework material for ear reconstruction. In comparison to the use of rib cartilage, porous polyethylene - first described by Berghaus in 1982 - provides better definition and projection as well as congruency with the opposite side. Hospitalization time is significantly shorter. There are less surgical interventions than with traditional microtia operations that use rib cartilage, and the patient is spared the additional procedure needed to remove the rib cartilage, with all the associated complications as well as the resulting thorax scar. Also, reconstruction can take place at an earlier age, which is advantageous for those concerned. Using porous polyethylene as the frame material, a temporoparietal flap and full-thickness skin cover, we have been able to achieve very convincing results over recent years.

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