What are the potential risks and complications of otoplasty?

Ear surgery, as with all modern surgeries, is generally safe, but there is a potential for complications and risks. Before your surgery I will discuss all of the potential risks with you, including:

  • Allergic or hypersensitive reaction to the antiseptic, dressings or medications
  • Immediately following your surgery, you may experience short-term nausea and vomiting due to the anaesthesia
  • If you are a smoker or have diabetes, you may experience slow healing
  • You may have a sore throat as a result of the breathing tube that will be used during the general anaesthetic
  • Bruising, swelling and pain may occur around the incision site
  • An infection may arise that requires an antibiotic treatment and, in some cases, additional surgery may be necessary
  • You may develop keloid or hypertrophic scars which are raised and thickened scars. This type of scarring may be unsightly, annoying and itchy; however, they are not threatening to your health and rare if you have no family history of the condition
  • A large blood clot that requires drainage may form under the site of the incision; if this occurs, the clot will need to be evacuated in the operating theatre immediately
  • Ears may become asymmetrical and require additional surgery to repair cartilage irregularities or to correct problems with symmetry
  • One or both ears may have re-protrusion, which may require additional surgery
  • Ear cartilage has a small overlaying area of skin which may die and result in an ulcer forming. The ulcer may require several weeks for healing.

There may be a permanent or temporary loss of sensation in the skin area of the incision site and/or the back of the ear surface

How much does otoplasty cost?

Costs associated with a corrective ear surgery vary between $5000-$9000 depending on a number of factors such as:

  • Anaesthetist's fee
  • Private hospital or day surgical facility fees
  • Your level of private insurance cover
  • Surgical assistant's fee

After our consultation, my staff will give you an itemised account of the total cost.

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Otoplasty is generally a surgery for kids; kids with bad ears

Dr Pouria Moradi