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Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)

 

Procedure:
The ear surgery proceudre sets prominent ears back closer to the head and/or reduces the size of large ears. This procedure is most often performed on children between the ages of four and fourteen.

Length:
Approximately two hours.

Anesthesia:
Young children: usually general anesthesia is given. For older children or adults: a general or local anesthesia is used with sedation.

Inpatient/Outpatient:
Usually this is an outpatient procedure.

Possible Side Effects:
Potential side effects from an ear surgery may include temporary throbbing, aching, swelling, redness and/or numbness.

Recovery:
The patient may return to school or work within five to seven days, and resume strenuous activity, such as contact sports in one to two months.