RECONSTRUCTIVE surgery of the external ear—like that of any other part of the body—deals with the repair of congenital or traumatic defects and the reconstruction of congenital or acquired deformities. The aim of any reconstructive operation must be the restoration of form and function. While in some parts of the body restoration of function is the major issue, in exposed parts—particularly in the face—restoration of form is of equal importance. Hence, in patients with defects or deformities of the ear, reconstruction and repair are very often desired.
There are certain ear deformities which can be reconstructed in such a way that the results achieved are very striking and appear to some patients almost miraculous. There are many other deformities in which patient and physician must satisfy themselves with improvement only, a fact that should be recognized and discussed preoperatively. I have particularly in mind the reconstruction of a total or
MAY H. RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY OF THE EXTERNAL EAR. AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1952;56(4):421–426. doi:10.1001/archotol.1952.00710020443009
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