The first stage involves creating a skin pocket at the site of the ear by re-orientating the available tissue and thinning the skin to mimic the ear skin. Rib cartilage is then harvested and carved to produce a very detailed ear framework. The framework is inserted in the pocket and gentle suction is applied to enable the skin to adhere to framework. This operation takes 4-6 hours and the expected length of stay in hospital is 5-7 days.
The second stage involves releasing the ear from the head and inserting a piece of cartilage behind it to maintain projection. This takes 3-4 hours and the expected hospital stay is 2-3 days.
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