Webcast showcases surgery to create ears for children born without them

Akron Children's to present webcast on ear reconstruction surgery

Dr. Ananth Murthy


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

Also available are previous webcasts, including:

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News Facts
  • Research to develop technique that allows patients to grow their own ear cartilage is promising.
  • Dr. Murthy and University of Akron polymer researcher use boy's cartilage in innovative ways to shape, grow new ear.
  • Microtia, an incompletely formed ear, occurs in 1 of every 7,000 births.

View the ear construction webcast and previous webcasts.

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