Facial plast Surg 2009; 25(3): 158-163
DOI: 10.1055/s-0029-1239452
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Learning to Perform Ear Reconstruction

Gordon H. Wilkes1
  • 1Division of Plastic Surgery, Institute of Reconstructive Sciences in Medicine, Covenant Health Group, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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Publication Date:
06 October 2009 (online)


Learning how to perform ear reconstruction is very difficult. There are no standardized teaching methods. This has resulted in many ear reconstructions being suboptimal. Learning requires a major commitment by the surgeon. Factors to be seriously considered by those considering performing this surgery are (1) commitment, (2) aptitude, (3) training methods available, (4) surgical skills and experience, and (5) additional equipment needs. Unless all these factors are addressed in a surgeon's decision to perform this form of reconstruction, the end result will be compromised, and patient care will not be optimized. It is hoped that considering these factors and following this approach will result in a higher quality of aesthetic result. The future of ear reconstruction lies in the use of advanced digital technologies and tissue engineering.