Splinting After Ear Reconstruction: A Stepwise and Inexpensive Workflow Protocol

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Abstract

Background

Long-term postoperative splinting plays a role in the prevention of contracture of the grafted skin after a second-stage ear reconstruction. The scar retraction could lead to an unfavorable aesthetic outcome. Splinting could play a role to overcome or prevent the loss of projection and the obliteration of the sulcus.

Material and Methods

We have defined the characteristics of an ideal long-term splint and present a stepwise clinical protocol for the fabrication of an ethylene-vinyl acetate splint. The splint was applied to all patients included in a prospective study on the postoperative splinting regime. Ethylene-vinyl acetate has proved its safety and longevity in dental prosthetics.

Conclusions

Patient compliance was optimal, and no allergic reactions, pressure sores, or skin necrosis were reported. The splint is self-retaining and light weight. Because of its transparent color, it can be easily camouflaged. A stepwise clinical protocol for the fabrication of a low-cost patient-specific ear splint is presented.

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