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Ear Surgery

Procedure :

Set prominent ears back closer to the head, or reduce the size of large ears. Most often done on children between the ages of 4 and 14 years. (Occasionally covered by insurance.)


Length :

2 to 3 hours.


Anesthesia :

Young children: usually general. Older children or adults: general or local, with sedation.


In/Outpatient :

Usually outpatient.


Side Effects :

Temporary throbbing, aching, swelling, redness, numbness.


Risks :

Infection of cartilage. Excessive scarring. Blood clot that may need to be drained. Mismatched or artificial- looking ears. Recurrence of the protrusion, requiring repeat surgery.


Recovery :

Back to work or school: 5 to 7 days. Strenuous activity, contact sports: 1 to 2 months.


Duration of Results :

Usually permanent.