Congenital Atresia Repair
Also known as: CAA repair, surgery to repair congenital atresia.
What is congenital atresia repair?
Congenital atresia is a defect related to the ear that is present at birth. It refers to the complete absence of the external ear canal. Congenital atresia repair is a surgery to repair this birth defect.
What happens during the procedure?
Congenital atresia repair is a complex reconstructive surgery that often involves multiple assessments, tests and surgical stages. It involves a procedure to remove bone and open up the bones of hearing. Then skin grafts, often from the thigh or lower abdomen, are utilized to reconstruct the missing ear components.
Is any special preparation needed?
Several tests and examinations are required to determine if a child is a good candidate for congenital atresia repair. The primary diagnostic tool is a CT scan. A child typically isn’t eligible for the procedure until the age of 4.
What are the risk factors?
Infection, bleeding, injury to surrounding organs and tissues, nerve damage and hearing loss are potential risks of congenital atresia repair. There’s also a chance that the procedure is unsuccessful.
Reviewed by: Brian Ho, MD
This page was last updated on: 7/9/2018 3:48:41 PM
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Dr. Davé is employed by Pediatric Specialists of America (PSA), the multispecialty group practice of Nicklaus Children’s Health System. He is chief of the PSA Section of Otolaryngology at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Dr. Davé sees patients at Nicklaus Children's Hospital.
Dr. Yamilet Tirado is employed by Pediatric Specialists of America (PSA), the physician-led multispecialty group practice of Nicklaus Children’s Health System. She is a pediatric otolaryngologist/ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist within the Division of Otolaryngology and sees patients at Nicklaus Children's Hospital and the Nicklaus Children's Aventura Care Center.