Facial plast Surg 2014; 30(02): 183-193
DOI: 10.1055/s-0034-1371907
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Auricular Reconstruction: Surgical Innovations, Training Methods, and an Attempt for a Look Forward

Ralph Magritz1, Ralf Siegert1
  • 1Department of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Prosper-Hospital Recklinghausen, Academic Teaching Hospital of Ruhr University Bochum, Recklinghausen, Germany
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Publication Date:
08 May 2014 (online)

Abstract

The construction of an auricle from autologous tissue is highly complex and demanding for a reconstructive surgeon. Depending on the characteristics of the underlying malformation, there are various surgical techniques available, which in specialized hands, promise regularly achievable attractive and stable results. To achieve this goal, a long-term training in super specialized centers is required. Training models available today, can partially systematize this training. The future of auricular reconstruction lies probably in the tissue engineering of organ complexes, including their nerve and vascular supply.