Microtia and Atresia - Combined Approach by Plastic and Otologic Surgery
Remarkable progress in the development of new concepts and techniques used in reconstructive surgery of microtia/atresia of the external auditory canal (EAC) has been made since the beginning of the 21st century. Helical computed tomography has made a three-dimensional reconstruction of the soft tissue of the temporal bone surface and the cranium possible, and has laid the groundwork for a collaboration between plastic surgeons and otologists.
This book presents the latest findings on reconstructive surgery performed jointly by plastic surgeons and otologists. Based on this concept, information on diagnosis, surgical procedures, outcomes, long-term results and psychology is discussed.
Collaborative surgery offers advantages not only in terms of a better reconstruction of morphology and function, but also in terms of the lower number of surgical procedures required which reduces the psychological pressure and economic burden on patients.
This publication is a valuable reference not only for plastic surgery and otolaryngology departments, but also for speech therapists, school teachers and patients’ families. It can also serve as a clinical textbook for those involved in the surgical and audiological treatment of the microtia/atresia of the EAC within a clinical setting.