Total or partial ear reconstruction using a paper model

Total or partial ear reconstruction using a paper model It is difficult to accurately decide the position, size, and shape of the skin graft and/or local flap required in some cases of ear reconstruction. We have designed the donor site for local flap or skin graft using a paper model to ensure the maximum use of limited skin. Seven cases of partial and three cases of total ear reconstruction were performed using a paper model. The flap and skin graft designed prior to the operation were successful in all cases with no additional trimming. It is concluded that a paper model is useful for ear reconstruction for the following reasons: easy estimation of the skin needed for the operation (to avoid excess skin harvest), useful for the selection of reconstructive techniques and it contributes to a smooth operation. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

Total or partial ear reconstruction using a paper model

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Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Copyright
Copyright © 2004 by Springer-Verlag
Subject
Medicine
ISSN
0930-343X
eISSN
1435-0130
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00238-004-0631-0
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Abstract

It is difficult to accurately decide the position, size, and shape of the skin graft and/or local flap required in some cases of ear reconstruction. We have designed the donor site for local flap or skin graft using a paper model to ensure the maximum use of limited skin. Seven cases of partial and three cases of total ear reconstruction were performed using a paper model. The flap and skin graft designed prior to the operation were successful in all cases with no additional trimming. It is concluded that a paper model is useful for ear reconstruction for the following reasons: easy estimation of the skin needed for the operation (to avoid excess skin harvest), useful for the selection of reconstructive techniques and it contributes to a smooth operation.

Journal

European Journal of Plastic SurgerySpringer Journals

Published: Jun 1, 2004

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