Patients' satisfaction after ear reconstruction with autologous rib cartilage.

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Abstract Patients' satisfaction is an important outcome measure in reconstructive surgery and quality assurance is today central in the clinical practice. The aim of this study was to evaluate the patients' satisfaction with the process and final result after reconstruction for congenital microtia. A questionnaire was designed and sent to 78 patients who had undergone unilateral ear reconstruction with autologous rib cartilage during the period 2000-2010. For a multidimensional view the patients answered 42 questions about aesthetic, functional, psychosocial, and clinic-related outcomes. The response rate was 76% (59/78 patients). The patients were generally satisfied with the aesthetic result of the ear and had function gain in being able to wear glasses; however, some patients did report new different functional problems after the operation. Still, almost all patients felt that the ear was a part of them and would have chosen the same operative procedure if they could do it again. The patients were overall highly satisfied with the care process. This surgery-specific questionnaire is an important tool for quality assurance in this clinical practice. These findings can help to improve the preoperative information to meet the patients' notions, expectations, and fears.


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Sidor (från-till)113-117
TidskriftJournal of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery
Utgåva nummer2
StatusPublished - 2013
Peer review utfördJa