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Technical Strategies – ePTFE Coated Silicone Ear Frameworks

Reconstruction of congenital ear defects, of which microtia is the most common, requires a framework to recreate the basic structure of the ear. Such framework recreations can be done either fabricating it from rib cartilage or an off-the shelf prefabricated implant. (porous polyethylene or Medpor) Each ear framework approach as its own advantages and disadvantages Read More…

Plastic Surgery Case Study – Reconstruction of the Burned Ear

Background: As a projecting facial structure the ear is exposed to a variety of traumatic insults. One such type of traumatic ear injury is that of burns. Most commonly occurring in house and other entrapped fire situations, the sustained exposure  to high heat often causes a melted ear appearance. The anterior exposed ear surface often Read More…

OR Snapshots – ePTFE Implant Framework in Ear Reconstruction

Reconstruction of the lost ear requires a two-layer approach. The base la\yer is the firm and shaped framework which replaces the missing natural cartilage. The choices for the framework are either rib cartilage or synthetic framework.  The second layer is the need for vascularized tissue coverage which, in cases of large amounts of ear loss, Read More…

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