Ear surgery - Otoplasty (1394)

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What is otoplasty?Prominent ear surgery

Otoplasty is ear surgery that is done to reshape the outer ear.

It may be done to change:

When is this surgery done?

Surgery is done when the ear cartilage is stable enough for correction. This is normally around 7 to 10 years of age. Timing of surgery will depend on how severe the problem is, and the feelings of the child. It is important to know that often times, insurance companies will not cover this surgery.

How is it done?

After the surgery




Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any concerns or if your child has:

  • Severe pain that does not stop.
  • A fever of 101 degrees or higher.
  • Severe nausea or vomiting.
  • Redness or swelling on the ears or along the incisions.
  • Drainage or bleeding from the ear incisions.
  • Special health care needs not covered by this information.