Dr. Tom Moore and Dr.David Leber, Interplast volunteer visiting educator.
J.T. is an 18-year-old female with a severe microtia deformity on her ear. Dr. Leber harvested the 6th, 7th, and 8th rib cartilage from the patient’s right side and sculpted this according to a pattern from the normal right ear. The cartilage lining (perichondrium) is left in place so it is likely much of this missing cartilage will regenerate. This framework was then placed beneath the skin on the affected side after a space was created. Suction drainage and a bulky protective dressing were applied which will remain in place for one week. In the afternoon F.R., a 10-year-old female (pictured above) underwent a similar reconstruction of the right ear using rib grafts. Both patients will be up and about tomorrow.