Facial plast Surg 2009; 25(3): 169-174
DOI: 10.1055/s-0029-1239449
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Reducing the Morbidity Involved in Harvesting Autogenous Rib Cartilage

Ralf Siegert1 , Ralph Magritz1
  • 1Department of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Prosper-Hospital, D-45659 Recklinghausen, Germany
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Publication Date:
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.