Tune in Thursday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m., for a webcast with pediatric plastic surgeon Ananth Murthy, MD, who will explain how he helps create ears for children born without them.
Microtia, which occurs in 1 of every 7,000 births, is the most common major congenital anomaly of the external ear. It prevents the outer ear and ear canal from forming correctly.
Follow along as Dr. Murthy discusses the two surgeries he recently performed on a 5-year-old boy with microtia, creating an ear for him out of his own rib cartilage and skin graft. The procedure is purely cosmetic and does not restore the patient’s hearing.
“The perfect time to do a microtia repair is just prior to when the patient begins kindergarten,” said Dr. Murthy. “That way, his schoolmates will never know he was without an ear in the first place.”
Dr. Murthy will also discuss the research he’s conducting with the patient’s discarded cartilage to see if patients can grow their own perfectly shaped ears in the future. Watch the webcast at orlive.com/akronchildrens/
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