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Bambini FAQ

1. How can you make me an ear?

Prima, a special doctor (called an anesthesiologist) helps you to fall asleep.
All you have to do is take some big breaths through a mask.
There are NO SHOTS when you have surgery!
After you are sleeping, Dr. Lewin will use something called Medpor
to make the shape of your new ear, and then she will cover it with skin.

2. Will it hurt?

Most kids say it doesn’t hurt too much. At certain times, you may feel sore.
If that happens, you can ask your parents for a special medicine to make you feel better
(it doesn’t taste too great though).

3. How will I feel after surgery?

Right after surgery you will be very tired, and maybe cranky. In the first few days, you may not want to eat very much and you won’t have as much energy. Some kids say they feel itchy after surgery. Most kids are back to themselves in a couple of days.

4. What will happen to my little ear?

Dr. Lewin will save your little ear and use it to help make your big ear!

5. Cosa mi aspetto dopo l'intervento?

Avrai una medicazione speciale per proteggere il vostro nuovo orecchio.
Dopo un giorno o due, il vostro viso avrà gonfio, compreso il vostro occhio.
Che va via da una settimana dopo l'intervento chirurgico.

6. What will happen when I go to Dr. Lewin’s office after surgery?

We will take off your ear cup, clean your ear, wash your hair, and put a fresh new ear cup back on to protect your ear. Click here to watch 3 year old Neabella getting her Medpor ear.

7. What will my ear look like after surgery?

Your ear starts out very swollen and is pink and purple. Every week, it will look better and better. It does take months for your ear to completely heal.

1 week after surgery 2 settimane dopo l'intervento 3 settimane dopo l'intervento 6 mos after surgery

8. What am I allowed to do?

You need to be very careful right after surgery, so your ear stays safe. It is OK to play quietly, but you are not allowed to run around, jump, or play hard for a couple weeks. Dr. Lewin will ask your parents to let you watch lots of TV and play video games (lots of reading and drawing too) since you won’t be able to run around. After 3 settimana, you can do most things like before, but just not play PE or sports. You can go back to all activities after 6 settimana.

9. Il mio nuovo orecchio essere proprio come la mia altra grande orecchio?

No, non esattamente la stessa. Dr. Lewin cercherà di rendere il vostro nuovo orecchio guardare proprio come l'altra grande orecchio, ma il nuovo orecchio è sempre un po 'diverso in forma. Anche, l'altro orecchio può piegare, ma il vostro nuovo orecchio si sentirà duro e non si piega a tutti. Ma può muoversi su e giù, proprio come l'altra grande orecchio.

10. For girls: Can I get my ears pierced?

Sì! If your parents say it is OK, Dr. Lewin will pierce your ears while you are sleeping (so it doesn’t hurt at all!).

11. Can I sleep on my new ear?

Precoce dopo l'intervento chirurgico, it is best not to. But once your new ear has healed, yes. Some kids always sleep on their new ears, others never do, and most do sometimes. It doesn’t hurt your ear at all, but some kids say it is uncomfortable to sleep on their new ears.

12. Can my new ear get hurt?

Sì, just like you can scrape your knee or break your arm, you can also hurt your new ear if it gets hit or scratched. You do need to be careful with your new ear, but most things (like cuts or bumps) will heal just like the rest of you does.

13. Can I meet another child like me with Microtia?

If you want to become pen pals with another child your age that has already had surgery to get their new ear, tell your parents that you want to be an EarPal. Your EarPal is excited to help you learn what it was like to get a new ear!
Click here to sign up for Ear Pals.

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