Facial plast Surg 2015; 31(06): 604-610
DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1567887
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Single-Stage Ear Reconstruction and Hearing Restoration Using Polyethylene Implant and Implantable Hearing Devices

John Martin Hempel
1  Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, Munich, Germany
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14 December 2015 (online)


The use of porous polyethylene in reconstructive surgery of the auricle is becoming increasingly accepted. This is a single-stage procedure providing pleasing cosmetic rehabilitation. Further advantages are the possibility of early implantation and the lack of complications caused by harvesting costal cartilage. Additional hearing restoration using middle ear implants allows functional rehabilitation at an early stage.