Resection and Reconstruction of Cancer of the Ear

In the US alone, there are more than one million cases of squamous cell carcinoma, malignant melanoma and basal cell carcinoma and many of them occur on the external ear because of exposure to the sun. These types of cancer are often difficult to eradicate and can develop metastases in other parts of the body. Ear excision is often the course of treatment. Ear reconstruction after cancer excision can repair the major defects that arise from the treatment of cancer of the external ear. We can repair the ear auricle using skin flaps and chondrocutaneous flaps from the ear.

Reconstruction is a complicated process due to the 3-dimensional nature of the ear that has many curves and peaks. We review each case individually and use expert surgical principles and anatomy in the reconstruction process.