Surgery Process Guide to Ear Splinting
“About 1% of people in the UK think their ears stick out too much…[it] can sometimes cause embarrassment and psychological distress.” – NHS
Ear splinting is an easy and pain free procedure that’s best carried out within the first three months of a child’s life. Time spent splinting is determined by when treatment starts. E.g. if the splinting procedure begins when a child is three weeks old, it will only be required for around two weeks. The older a child gets, the longer splinting is required.
Small splints (or ‘supports’) are fixed on the outer groove of the ear cartilage with tape.
The child’s ear is taped to the side of their head to secure it in place.
The splints keep the ears in their new position, and stop them from protruding outwards.
Ear splinting is generally a safe procedure, and usually very effective. However, some patients may find they experience skin irritation from the tape – although this is rare.
Talk to your surgeon before your child undergoes ear splinting to make sure you are aware of the possible risks.
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