Rib graft was first used for ear reconstruction in 1920, when Dr. Harold Gillies removed rib from one person and used it to create an ear in a Microtia patient. Although this technique ultimately failed, it was the basis for Dr. Radford Tanzer’s work in 1959, when he used a patient’s own ribs for ear reconstruction. Dr. Tanzer’s pioneering work formed the foundation of today’s techniques in Rib Cartilage Ear Surgery.

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