Design of a Novel Reproducible Cartilage-Sparing Autologous Technique for Microtia Repair

Facial Plast Surg Aesthet Med. 2020 Nov 12. doi: 10.1089/fpsam.2020.0457. Online ahead of print.


Microtia reconstruction through manual carving of autologous rib cartilage has a steep learning curve, is operator dependent, is time consuming, requires multiple stages, and frequently results in suboptimal results with poor patient satisfaction. The use of temporoparietal fascia over polypropylene implants achieves excellent cosmetic outcomes in a single stage, although is burdened by infection and extrusion in some cases. We describe the development of a hybrid technique with a novel device that allows for standardization of the cartilaginous construct, minimization of the need for donor cartilage and operative time, and minimization of the number of stages. Clinical Trial: NCT03624608.

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