Ear Surgery Scottsdale
Ear Surgery or Otoplasty is commonly referred to as “pinning back” of the ears and is available for children once their ears have stopped developing, around the age of six. Over-developed ears can be the cause of psychological stress and trauma and should be treated at a young age before it becomes a serious issue.Protruding or unusually shaped ears or earlobes are readily contoured with minimal discomfort and recovery time. There’s no need to be frustrated with what “sounds like” a “big” problem — talk to Dr. Pogue about your surgical options.
To better understand your overall health, we will evaluate your medical history prior to surgery. In addition, a complete examination of your ears is made in order to take the most effective surgical approach. All issues such as shape and types of anesthesia used will be discussed.
Dr. Pogue will provide you with pre-operative instructions that may include the elimination of specific drugs containing aspirin several weeks before surgery to minimize excess bleeding. Antibiotics may also be prescribed to prevent infection. The areas that will be excised are marked and digital photographs are taken in order to document the amount of improvement after surgery.
The procedure can be performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia. Dr. Pogue will discuss these options with you. The procedure is performed by either folding the cartilage located on the back of the ear or removing excess cartilage. Sutures are placed and bandages applied to speed the healing process. The procedure typically takes only a few hours.
After the operation, patients should expect bruising around the area that fades in two to three weeks. Pain associated with the operation is minimal and can be easily treated with oral medication. The bandages are only needed for a few days and should be replaced with a lighter dressing. Refraining from sleeping on the ears is required and patients are advised to use a very soft pillow. Showering with shampoo may begin after a few days. Expect two to three days of recovery before normal activities can be performed. Consult with Dr. Pogue before attempting any athletic or precarious activities that may impact the healing process.
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