Sunday, September 21, 2008

Isaac's Microtia Before & After

Isaac as born with several congenital birth defects, one of them is Microtia. Microtia is an ear deformity that occurs once in every 6,000 to 12,000 births.Children with microtia and atresia usually have severe hearing loss on the affected ear.Although there is a hearing loss in children with microtia, the inner ears on both sides are usually normal. However, Isaac's left ear had no hearing when he was born and it improved to hearing a little less than normal range. He also was missing the Pinea on his left ear and his ear canal is extremely narrow. Dr. Muntz reconstructed a new pinea with all of the curves. Sorry if this last photo is so graphic, it is important to see the beginning stages, so the miracle of plastic surgery can be better understood later.
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Jake & Stephanie Ellinger said...

I am big fans of both Dr. Muntz and Dr. Park. They are both so kind; and they have let me know with Nathan's micrognathia (small recessed jaw) exactly what was going on and what had to be done. We usually see the ENT's about every other month still. Is Dr. Muntz doing the total repair or is plastics stepping in to do the rest?

Good luck with recovering! He is such a cute boy!

Valerie said...

Wow. Now, is this process three steps or 2...can't remember! I hope he is feeling better. This definitely deserves a bravery button for your whole family.

Thinking of you.....

Anonymous said...

If you still are blogging, I would love to meet you. My family is experiencing something exactly that you went through with Isaac. We are in Magna, please contact me if you get this message.