EAR RECONSTRUCTION SURGERY: OUTCOME ANALYSIS OF 108 PATIENTS
Objective: To find out the outcome of the ear Reconstruction and its association with improvement in psychological wellbeing along with physical benefits.
Study Design: A cross-sectional study.
Place and Duration of Study: Department of Plastic Surgery and ENT, Combined Military Hospital Quetta and Multan in liaison with the department of Psychiatry, from Jan 2017 to Jan 2021.
Methodology: A sample size of 108 was estimated while keeping level of significance 5%, confidence level 90%, estimated true proportion 63% based on the observation made in the study by Steffen, and 5% of absolute precision. Specific performas were filled by the patient pre and post operatively and data analysis was performed using SPSS-20.
Results: The mean age was 20 ± 8.75 years with a range of 12-29 years. Thirteen (11.11%) were male and ninety-five (87.8%) were females, 14 (12.9%) were married, 94 (86%) were un-married and all (100%) had social support. Fifty-two (48.1%) had primary education. Ninety-four (94%) were un-employed. Fifty-five (50.9%) of participants had congenital ear defect. Ninetyeight (90.7%) of the participants showed confidence in surgical procedure and would go for the same procedure if required, 5 (4.6%) said no to the same procedure while 8 (7.4%) did not know whether to opt for same procedure.
Conclusion: Ear Reconstruction is a very rewarding procedure for surgeon and patients. Apart from aesthetic and functional improvement it also enhances the self-esteem of the patients.