Ear surgery

Ladle ear is usually supposed as the ear which is bigger than normal. However it is not true. There is no difference in size between a person who has ladle ears and who has normal ears. The problem is only about the shape of the ear cartilages.

Where is the problem in ladle ears?

The problem is in two areas:

•          The angle between the head and ear might be wider than it should be. This shows the ear like open. Especially when looked at the back it appears so obvious.

•          The curves which should be in the upper half of the ear are not formed and ears look totally flat like ironed.

If your child is young, your surgeon may recommend general anesthesia, so the child will sleep through the operation. For older children or adults, the surgeon may prefer to use local anesthesia, combined with a sedative, so you or your child will be awake but relaxed.

How is the surgery performed?

In the surgery a cut is performed right behind the ear. Just because this remains at the back side, I can say no surgical sign stays. All the procedure can be implemented here.

The surgery is usually performed by local anesthesia and there is no suture which should be taken back after the surgery.

For the recovery period we can say 1 week as realistic but you can discharge at the same day and there is no inconvenience to go out. You may possibly have a shower 2-3days later

Getting Back to Normal

Adults and children are usually up and around within a few hours of surgery, although you may prefer to stay overnight in the hospital with a child until all the effects of general anesthesia wear off.

The patient’s head will be wrapped in a bulky bandage immediately following surgery to promote the best molding and healing. The ears may throb or ache a little for a few days, but this can be relieved by medication.

Within a few days, the bulky bandages will be replaced by a lighter head dressing similar to a headband. Be sure to follow your surgeon’s directions for wearing this dressing, especially at night.

Stitches are usually removed, or will dissolve, in about a week.

Any activity in which the ear might be bent should be avoided for a month or so. Most adults can go back to work about five days after surgery. Children can go back to school after seven days or so, if they’re careful about playground activity. You may want to ask your child’s teacher to keep an eye on the child for a few weeks.