Staged Correction of Congenital Ear Anomalies

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Akron Children's Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Center offers a full range of reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgery services for infants, children and teens.

Aural atresia (absence of an ear canal) and microtia (an underdeveloped exterior ear) are birth defects that affect approximately one in 6,000 babies each year.  It is not known what causes of these birth defects, which are more common in boys. 

On Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 6 P.M. EDT watch plastic surgeon Ananth Murthy perform a reconstructive ear surgery.  Dr. Murthy is the director of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Akron Children’s Hospital and is currently involved in research on how to grow new ears from small pieces of cartilage.

“Typically what we do is repair it in stages, the first stage involves constructing frame work that looks like an ear, using the rib cartilage, that is by far the longest operation out of the stages. It takes a while to make sure you carve all the grooves, and the hills and valleys that are in the ear. Once we do that and we put it under the skin, where it’s supposed to be, then in the second stage we have to separate it from the underlying skin, so it has sort of a normal projection that an ear does," says Dr. Murthy.  

The goal at Akron Children's is to correct congenital deformities to restore function and improve appearance for patients affected by a birth defect, injury, illness or tumor. 



Ananth Murthy

Ananth Murthy, MD

Director, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and Craniofacial Clinic