Reducing the Morbidity Involved in Harvesting Autogenous Rib Cartilage
06 October 2009 (online)
Although the use of autogenous cartilage is the gold standard in auricular reconstruction, its main disadvantage is the morbidity due to harvesting the cartilage. This includes postoperative pain, visible scar, and possibly asymmetry and reduced stability of the thorax. To reduce all of these drawbacks, we describe some modifications that reduce pain to a low tolerable level, hide the scar invisibly in the submammary fold in females, and induce regeneration as well reestablish stability of the rib defect.
Auricular reconstruction - autogenous cartilage - malformation - rib cartilage