Three to 4 surgeries are performed to create an ear (depending on surgical technique) when the child is old enough to have the procedure (6 or 7 years old). In the Nagata technique, 2 surgeries are performed, but in order to gain improved projection, the child must be at least 10 years old. If a patient has bilateral Microtia, 4 to 6 surgeries are required. In all cartilage techniques, the first surgery requires inpatient hospitalization due to the pain caused by removing the ribs.
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