Ear surgery, Geelong
What is it?
Otoplasty is a surgical procedure to change the angle and shape of protruding or uneven ears in children and adults. Surgery to make the ears appear more normal can help restore self-confidence.
Am I suitable?
- You need to be healthy.
- Over five years of age.
- Unhappy with the shape of your ears because they are too big, stick out or are uneven, and you and/or your child have reached the decision to have something done.
Your initial consultation will be with Mr McDonald who will discuss your medical history and perform a thorough clinical consultation. Mr McDonald will have a full discussion with you about the risks and complications of the surgery. He can show you before and after photographs of other patients’ results.
Mr McDonald will not agree to perform any procedure on you unless he feels the benefits significantly outweigh the risks.
What can I expect if I have the procedure?
- Otoplasty is performed in hospital, usually as a day stay procedure. You will need someone to drive you home from hospital and stay with you for at least the first 24 hours post-operatively.
- After surgery a bulky bandage will cover your ears. This bandage remains in place until you see Mr McDonald at your post-operative appointment. Once this is removed you will be asked to wear a soft but firm headband only at night for a further five weeks.
- Any pain and discomfort should be controlled by medication prescribed by Mr McDonald.
- You can usually return to work/school five to seven days post-operatively. Most patients wait until the bandage is removed.
- Pre and post-operative photos will be taken.
An incision is made behind the ear/s and the cartilage is sculpted, allowing the ear to bend into a more natural shape. Stitches hold the ear in its new position.
We will keep in close contact with you after your procedure and see you in four to five days to remove your bandages. A further follow-up appointment is arranged three months after surgery.
These may occur with any surgical procedure. These will be discussed in detail in your consultation with Mr McDonald. The risks of complications are reduced if you are healthy and a non-smoker.
The first step to a new, more confident you is an initial consultation with one of our knowledgeable and friendly team members. During this session you will be invited to ask all your questions to ensure you are happy and comfortable, and we will discuss the procedure itself and the care you will receive during and afterwards.