Lebensqualität nach Ohrmuschelplastik
Objective: To present long-term results of satisfaction and quality of life of patients after otoplasty due to protuberant ears. Methods: Retrospective study at an academic tertiary referral center is presented. 164 patients were followed-up after otoplasty due to ear dysplasia grade I. The validated questionnaires SF-36 and "patient outcomes of surgery head/neck" (POS) were applied to evaluate the quality of life and the patients" satisfaction after therapy. Results: The comparison of pre-operative and post-operative quality of life measured by POS showed significantly higher scores after surgery than before, independent of gender, age or experience of the surgeon. The patients" satisfaction with the surgical outcome showed high values in all subgroups. Except of "vitality" the SF-36 showed for all other items higher values of post-operative quality of life for patients after otoplasty than the German control population. Conclusions: The performed combined resecting- and suture-otoplasty technique is a safe method to correct ear deformities independent of gender, the experience of the surgeon or previous surgery in order to increase the health-related quality of life. We were able to demonstrate that otoplasty which is performed in early childhood (patients younger than 10 years) achieves the greatest benefit in quality of life.
Subject HeadingsLebensqualität [GND]
Ear deformities, acquired. Surgery [MeSH]
Ear. Surgery [MeSH]