When a patient loses an ear due to a traumatic event or cancer or is born without an external ear (microtia), the aesthetic loss is devastating.

Surgical reconstruction utilising autologous tissues, like rib cartilage, is not always possible due to extensive scarring in the area, as in burns or motor vehicle accidents. Prosthetic reconstruction is an established and reliable alternative technique to autologous ear reconstruction.

The surgical procedure is performed over two stages: during the first stage titanium implants are placed in the skull in the correct anatomical position. During the second stage of surgery the implants are exposed and the final pillars onto which the ear prosthesis will be clipped, is placed.

The process is complete when a skilled prosthetist/orthotist crafts the final ear prosthesis to be an exact replica of the contralateral ear and the patient is fitted with a final prosthesis.

I work closely with a very skilled prosthetist/orthotist. Although the prosthesis must be replaced, the result is aesthetically pleasing and extremely realistic – only those with insider knowledge will realise that the patient is wearing a prosthetic ear.

I will discuss the various reconstructive options with you, based on your specific circumstances. Your safety is essential and will remain the primary concern in reconstructive procedures. Any reconstructive procedure will be tailored to you, considering the best aesthetic outcome, and the impact the reconstruction may have on your lifestyle.