So many people born with under formed ears try to have them surgically restored, and they almost never are happy with the result. They may try repeat surgeries over many years, only to finally decide, “I want an ear that looks like my other ear, so I feel balanced and more normal – so people don’t stare anymore.” When they finally decide to remove all that bulky rib cartilage tissue (or Medpor implant) it’s also an appropriate time to have osseointegrated implant fixtures placed in the bone. These fixtures become anchors to solidly secure the prosthesis using special clips and magnetic attachments. It’s a wonderful technology based on decades of proven science and predictable outcomes. How do we know this? Because our practice has been involved since 1984 as a leading innovator and provider in implant-retained craniofacial prosthetics. It’s a low-risk decision a lifelong liberation.
Patients unhappy with surgical rib-graft or Medpor ear reconstruction may be inclined to have all the tissue removed so they can have an implant-retained (osseointegration, Vistafix) prosthesis. We have Vistafix surgeon partners across the country to provide this treatment option, but in some cases like this we provide the option of a “slip-over” prosthesis. This allows a patient to avoid further disfiguring surgery and loss of native tissue and still have beautiful natural looking ears.