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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Correction of Prominent Ears

Contact: (0191) 282 5647 - Sister or Nurse in Charge, Ward 47, RVI

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This information sheet is intended to help you understand the operation and the aftercare that will be necessary to achieve the best possible result.

What are prominent ears?

Prominent ears can be due to an excess of cartilage, which forms the ear, an absent fold in the ear, or both conditions. The surgery used to correct a prominent ear depends upon the nature of the deformity.

During your procedureShow [+]Hide [-]

This operation may be carried out under either a local or general anaesthetic.
An information leaflet is available which will provide you with the details you require regarding your anaesthetic (The Trust Information Leaflet ‘You and Your Anaesthetic’).

The surgeon will make a cut made behind the ear and the cartilage remodelled. After the operation, the incision is closed with stitches and padded dressings applied to your ears and around your head to keep it secure. Your wounds should be kept covered by dressings until the stitches are removed.

After the operation you will return to the ward and may be allowed home later that day. The dressing should be kept dry. An appointment will be given to you to have the stitches removed at 10 days following the surgery. You will then be advised to wear a bandage at night for about six weeks. An appointment will also be given for you to be reviewed in an outpatient clinic in approximately three months.

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  • The scar may become red, raised and itchy.
  • If the wound becomes infected you may require a course of antibiotics.
  • Bleeding which would require a second operation.
  • Scar formation on the front of the ear.
  • Sensitivity of the ears in cold weather
  • Asymmetry of the ears -you may need further surgery if the ears are very different.

For most patients this operation does not involve these complications and they are pleased with the results of surgery. This sheet is not a complete list of all the possible complications, but it is provided to act as an additional source of information, following your discussion about the operation.

If you require any further information or advice please contact:

Sister or Nurse in Charge Plastic Surgery Out Patient Department, RVI

Telephone:  (0191) 282 4228 (direct line) Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm, or

Sister or Nurse in Charge Ward 47, RVI

Telephone:  (0191) 282 5647 (direct line) anytime

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