Ear surgery is designed to reduce the size of the ears when they are large or to bring them closer to the head when they are too far apart, commonly called "Display Ears" or "Standing Ears", the technical name for this surgery is Otoplasty. In some patients only one ear or both ears are affected, but generally one ear is affected more than the other.
Dr. Carlos Arango is one of the most prominent plastic surgeons in Colombia in the practice of Otoplasty, has a history of more than 18 years providing his patients safety, ethics and satisfaction in beauty or reconstruction procedures. His constant updating allows him to offer his national and international patients highly satisfactory and harmonious results.
Ear surgery can be performed on patients of all ages. It is performed in patients who have over projection of the ears. Candidates are suitable from the age of 5 years where the child has almost 90% of the final size of the ear.
Most of the surgical techniques to perform otoplasty include a small incision in the back of the ear where the surgeon corrects the cartilage defects in order to bring the ear back and improve or define its contour. Some leave permanent stitches to help maintain this correction and other times a fragment of cartilage is removed to give a more natural shape. At the end of the procedure the patient will leave with a bandage that covers the surgical area and in some cases the use of an elastic bandage is recommended for a couple of days.
The pain after surgery is usually mild to moderate, although it can be relieved with appropriate medication. The postoperative period of otoplasty is extremely fast and bearable, although at the beginning will be presented with some discomfort and discomfort, although they may be reduced by administering painkillers prescribed by your plastic surgeon.
The anesthesia usually used is local anesthesia and sometimes it can be combined with sedation. If the patient is very small, the plastic surgeon may opt for general anesthesia.
The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and occasionally an overnight hospital stay is recommended in very small patients who have received general anesthesia.
The patient will be able to go home the same day. The incapacity will be approximately 5 days. After that, the patient will be able to resume normal activities.
For foreign patients the surgeon must make recommendations on the recovery time that entails a stay in the city since for patient safety it is requested that the patient must be at least 3 days before the scheduled date of surgery in order to take prophylaxis or preventive measures with the plastic surgeon and anesthesiologist. After surgery it is recommended that you stay 3 to 5 days in the country for postoperative care. And it is recommended to travel after 7 days depending on postoperative evolution.
The patient will be able to go home the same day. It is recommended to sleep with the head of the bed at 45° during the first week to avoid turning and hurting the ears. On the third day the bandage will be removed and replaced by a bandage that should be used at bedtime, to prevent the ear from bending and the rose with the pillow from causing discomfort. The sutures are removed after about 15 days. Normal activities can be resumed on the third day, but you can not go to the pool or sea and contact games should be avoided during the first four weeks after the procedure. The patient will not be able to expose himself to direct sunlight and must use sunscreen during the first three months after surgery. Also remember that it is essential to attend punctually to your post-surgical controls with the surgeon, take your medications as prescribed by your doctor.
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