Dr. Tom Moore and Dr.David Leber, Interplast volunteer visiting educator.
This morning we saw about a dozen cases of microtia mostly in children and young adults. We selected cases for surgery based on several factors. The children need to be at least 8 years old to be suitable candidates for this surgery. Following clinic we presented lectures to the physicians and students about Interplast and the surgical correction of congenital and acquired ear deformities. These same techniques can be used to treat ear deformities that may be acquired through injury or disease. In the afternoon Dr. Leber demonstrated how to carve an ear using potatoes. The students were enthusiastic to try their hand using the materials we provided. In surgery we will be using the patient’s own rib cartilage to form an ear.