Microtia & Atresia
Microtia is a congenital deformity where the pinna (external ear) is underdeveloped. An undeveloped external ear canal opening is referred to as an Atresia. Because microtia and atresia have the same origin, it can be referred to as microtia-atresia. Microtia can be unilateral (one side only) or bilateral (affecting both sides). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microtia
Grading of Microtia
Dr Mol works with Professor Henning Frenzel who comes out twice a year to SA to operate with us.View all Prof Frenzel’s details on his website and facebook page:The website is both in German and English. The direct link to the English Version is www.microtia-germany.com/en/, and the facebook site is www.facebook.com/microtiagermany/.
This partnership started in late 2014 and we offer both Rib cartilage and Medpor Pinnae repairs (however we favour the rib cartilage technique), and Bonebridge or Soundbridge for the Hearing repair component. In some circumstances BAHA is also used. Currently we do not offer the ear canal reconstruction itself.
Contact Dr Mol via email: [email protected] for more direct info although a consultation with the patient is always necessary before these decisions can be made
Prof. Henning Frenzel
Dr. Duane Mol
Rib Cartilage reconstruction
Dr. Mol favours the rib cartilage method of reconstruction for the outer ear