Spire Portsmouth Hospital are now able to offer earFoldTM as a treatment option for prominent ear correction. This procedure is minimally invasive and can be carried out under local anaesthesia with immediate correction and rapid recovery.
At the moment Spire Portsmouth Hospital is not able to provide and earFold to anyone under the age of 16.
earFoldTM is a minimally invasive treatment with immediate results.
What is earFoldTM
earFoldTM is an implant made of a short strip of nitinol metal alloy. Nitinol alloy consists of two metals, titanium and nickel which are, both widely used in medicine. The implant consists of a curved, wafer-thin strip of metal (approximately the same thickness as a human hair) which is plated with 24-carat gold to reduce the visibility of the implant under the skin.
How does it work?
Once your ears have been numbed with a local anaesthetic injection, a small incision is made at the edge of your ear. The earFoldTM implant is supplied with a pre-loaded, disposable introducer. The surgeon will slide the introducer under the skin and release the implant into the correct position. Releasing the implant takes only a few seconds. Once the implant has been released, it grips the cartilage of the ear and immediately folds it into a pre-determined shape. One or two stitches are then used to close the skin incision.
What happens after the procedure?
After the procedure, you will be allowed to go home. There is no need for bandages or dressings but you will be given a three day prescription for antibiotics as a precautionary measure. Arrangements will also be made for your review in clinic – typically at two to three months post-treatment.
The implants are fully biocompatible and can be left permanently in place. However, if you wish, the implants can also be removed after a specified period has elapsed. By this time they should have exerted a permanent moulding effect on the ear cartilage. The length of time required for this effect to occur depends on your age, since ear cartilage is stiffer in older patients. Removal requires a second local anaesthetic procedure in which the previous incision is opened, allowing the implants to be easily removed.
What are the next steps?
Mr Michael Pringle is able to perform the earfold™ procedure at Spire Portsmouth Hospital. For appointments please call: 02392 456172 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For any further details on earFold™ please visit Mr Pringle's website or http://www.earfold.com/
Frequently asked questions
How much correction can be achieved with earFoldTM?
For the first time in prominent ear correction, earFoldTM provides a unique opportunity for the person to select the precise amount of correction
that is desired rather than leaving it to the discretion of the surgeon.
Are there any risks?
As with all surgical procedures there is the possibility of complications such as infection or visibility of the implant. Each patient is different and has different skin, if you are concerned about any issues please feel free to discuss these with Mr Pringle during your consultation.
How long does it take to insert earFoldTM?
This will depend on the number of implants needed to correct the ear prominence. However the whole procedure (making an incision, inserting earFoldTM and closing the incision) should take no longer
than 15 minutes.
How quickly can I return to my normal activities?
Most patients return to work immediately after treatment although they should expect some bruising and swelling after treatment which is likely to last for a few days.
Does earFoldTM need to be removed or can it be left in permanently?
The earFoldTM implants have been designed to be completely biocompatible and are designed to be permanently left in place. However, if a person wishes to have them removed at any time, this is a quick and easy procedure.