Research Article| Volume 65, ISSUE 3, P367-371, March 2012

Postauricular fascial flap and suture otoplasty: A prospective outcome study of 227 patients

Published:November 10, 2011DOI:


      The anterior scoring technique is criticised for a higher risk of haematoma related complications while the suture techniques for suture-extrusion and recurrence. Horlock et. al. described a suture otoplasty with addition of a postauricular fascial flap to reduce suture extrusion and noted recurrence rates of 8%. We report the senior author’s experience with this technique in 227 consecutive cases. All cases were done by or under supervision of the senior author and the data collected prospectively. Complications, recurrence, revision rate and results as recorded were analysed. A total of 10 (7 early 3 late) complications were recorded (4.4%). Suture extrusion (n = 6, 2.64%), Keloids (n = 3, 1.32%), Infection, anterior skin necrosis (n = 1 each, 0.44%). A total of 6 unilateral and 5 bilateral cases had a recurrence (3.67% total ears) and 97% of recorded outcomes were reported as good or excellent results. The low complication rate seems to support the hypothesis that the fascial flap prevents suture extrusion and reduces risk of recurrence. Lack of Anterior dissection avoids risks of bleeding and haematoma.


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