Otoplasty is an operation that reduces the prominence of your ears. Also called “ear pinning” the operation “pins” the ears back but doesn’t, in any way, affect hearing.



Anyone who is bothered by the prominence of their ears. In most cases, severely prominent ears (bat ears) are corrected in childhood but there is no age limit. The surgery can be performed safely with great results at any age. Some children are subjected to taunts and teasing and this may result in a loss of self-confidence. Surgery can make the ears appear more normal and help restore confidence.

Otoplasty is an operation that reduces the prominence of your ears. Also called “ear pinning” the operation “pins” the ears back but doesn’t, in any way, affect hearing.



Anyone who is bothered by the prominence of their ears. In most cases, severely prominent ears (bat ears) are corrected in childhood but there is no age limit. The surgery can be performed safely with great results at any age. Some children are subjected to taunts and teasing and this may result in a loss of self-confidence. Surgery can make the ears appear more normal and help restore confidence.

 

Dr Broadhurst will review your past medical history, any previous ear operations and any medications you may be taking. He will then examine your ears to determine the cause(s) of their prominence and discuss the operation in detail with you.

Dr Broadhurst will review your past medical history, any previous ear operations and any medications you may be taking. He will then examine your ears to determine the cause(s) of their prominence and discuss the operation in detail with you.

 

Otoplasty is usually performed under a general anaesthetic as day surgery.

During the procedure an incision is made behind the ear so it isn’t visible. The cartilage in the ear is then re-shaped to reduce the prominence of your ears. Sometimes small segments of cartilage may need to be excised to correct the shape completely. At the completion of the operation the incision is closed with dissolving sutures and a dressing will be applied.

The operation itself will take about one hour and once completed your anaesthetist will wake you. After surgery you will be taken to the recovery room where you will be closely observed by our experienced nursing staff. They will take care of you until you are fully awake and ensure that you are comfortable. You will be allowed to go home once you have fully recovered from your general anaesthetic which is usually three hours after the operation is completed.

After your operation it is very important that you remain in the care of a responsible adult who will stay with you overnight. Your anaesthetist will prescribe pain killers for you in the days following your surgery. There will be mild discomfort following your operation and it is advisable that you take it easy for the first week. Most children take one week off school. Children can return to swimming and gentle activities after two weeks. More physical activities including contact sport can be resumed after six weeks.

Otoplasty is usually performed under a general anaesthetic as day surgery.

During the procedure an incision is made behind the ear so it isn’t visible. The cartilage in the ear is then re-shaped to reduce the prominence of your ears. Sometimes small segments of cartilage may need to be excised to correct the shape completely. At the completion of the operation the incision is closed with dissolving sutures and a dressing will be applied.

The operation itself will take about one hour and once completed your anaesthetist will wake you. After surgery you will be taken to the recovery room where you will be closely observed by our experienced nursing staff. They will take care of you until you are fully awake and ensure that you are comfortable. You will be allowed to go home once you have fully recovered from your general anaesthetic which is usually three hours after the operation is completed.

After your operation it is very important that you remain in the care of a responsible adult who will stay with you overnight. Your anaesthetist will prescribe pain killers for you in the days following your surgery. There will be mild discomfort following your operation and it is advisable that you take it easy for the first week. Most children take one week off school. Children can return to swimming and gentle activities after two weeks. More physical activities including contact sport can be resumed after six weeks.

 

There are risks involved with any operation and these include the anaesthetic and the operation itself. If you are fit and healthy then the risk of complications is generally very low and Dr Broadhurst will discuss all risks with you prior to your surgery.


There are risks involved with any operation and these include the anaesthetic and the operation itself. If you are fit and healthy then the risk of complications is generally very low and Dr Broadhurst will discuss all risks with you prior to your surgery.