Cost of treatment and coverage by health insurance
For patients residing outside the Federal Republic of Germany, an individual cost estimate will be provided for the complete costs of hearing rehabilitation or auricular reconstruction. The patient himself must clarify whether the treatment will be covered by the respective national health insurance.
Length of stay in Luebeck
For hearing implants, the total length of stay is 4-5 days. In the case of ear reconstructions, regular check-ups in the office are necessary during the first two weeks after the operation. Therefore, plan a stay in Luebeck for two weeks (national patients) or four weeks (international patients).
Aftercare of the new ear
From the second week onwards, you will carry out the cleaning and care yourself. For this purpose, you will be precisely instructed by us and you will receive a care set with all necessary materials and medication. In total, a special plastic cup must be worn for 3 weeks to protect the ear all day and for another 2-3 weeks at night. After 6 weeks, all normal activities (sports, swimming, etc.) can be resumed.
Intensive care is required for up to three months after surgery, which is monitored and managed by us with regular photos.
Necessary number of operations
Rejection reaction against the new ear
Consequences & risks of rib cartilage ear surgery
Removal of the rib cartilage causes local pain for several days, which is treated with a pain pump. Long-term restrictions in the area of the chest (pain, restricted movement) fortunately occur only occasionally. Injury to the costal pleura is very rare in experienced hands. Chest deformity can occur if too much cartilage is removed when the chest is too small.
Infections and wound healing problems can occur in the area of ear reconstruction. If detected early enough, they can be treated without long-term consequences with local care, medication, and minor follow-up surgery if necessary. Patients who had an infection or wound healing disorder in the initial phase may experience deformation of the cartilage framework years after surgery. Isolated exposure of the suture material may occur. Nerve damage (facial nerve) is very rare.
Consequences & risks of 3D SuPor® ear
Infections and wound healing problems can occur in the area of ear reconstruction. If detected early enough, they can be treated without long-term consequences with local care, medication, and minor follow-up surgery if necessary. Major circulatory disturbances of the flap can lead to exposure of the implant, which then requires surgery. Fraktures of the implant are now an exception.
A feeling of numbness develops in the area of the flap removal site (scalp), which almost completely disappears after months. Occasionally, there is temporary hair loss, which in rare cases can be permanent in small areas. More often, there is a temporary increase in scaling of the scalp. In the immediate vicinity of the flap runs the so-called facial nerve, which controls the movement of the face. The nerve branch for the forehead and eyebrow may occasionally be temporarily paralyzed. Permanent damage is also rare here.
Emergencies & Injuries
We will provide you with an emergency contact where you can get medical advice and help in the shortest possible time.