Facts You Should Know
About Otoplasty Recovery
It is normal that in every surgery, there are risks associated with it. It is true
in otoplasty surgery but the risks are believed to be minimal. Otoplasty risks for both functional and cosmetic
surgery will most likely include the following.
- Infection – the skin of the ear as well as the cartilage are
the areas where the infection usually begins. This is considered as the biggest hindranceto the operation’s
success. Minor infection can be controlled by prescribed antibiotics. However, if the infection is major (which
don’t usually happen) and produces undesirable formation of scar, second surgery will be necessary to correct
- Blood Clots – there is a possibility that a blood clot will
form on the patient’s ears. Though this is uncommon it is good to know that there are cases that blood clot
dispels naturally. However, if it does not work that way, an excision of blood clot with a needle is necessary.
If serious bleeding occurs and the swelling never went away, it is best to see the doctor to ensure proper
- Overcorrection – if in the situation that a reconstructive
surgery is required, make sure that the surgeon who will execute the correction is highly skilled.
Inexperienced surgeon may only worsen the situation and overcorrection might happen. Otoplasty overcorrection
includes the following: Shape distortion, poor correction, unbalance correction and the ear placement is overly
attached to the head.
- Loosening of Sutures – This is common to children as they are
more energetic and rowdy. The bad news is that, when this is not detected early there is a possibility that the
ear will go back to its previous shape and position. This is because if the patient is extremely boisterous the
bandage as well as the sutures will come undone.
Loss – While this situation is rare, it can still happen. This is because serious distortion of the
aural canal may affect the ability of hearing. But this can be avoided if the doctor that performs otoplasty is
highly skilled and is very familiar of the steps in preventing hearing injury.
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