Author(s): Westin T, Tjellstrm A, Hammerlid E, Bergstrm K, Rangert B
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Abstract The aim of this article is to describe the safety and quality of the osseointegrated implant technique for the retention of craniofacial prostheses, to present a protocol for collection of clinical data, and to discuss the impact of the procedure on the patient quality of life. A protocol was designed and used to study patients who had received auricular prostheses consecutively since 1979 at our department. The patients were asked to answer a questionnaire designed to describe symptoms and problems specific for someone wearing an auricular prosthesis. In total, 99 patients received 107 prosthetic ears (8 patients had bilateral defects) retained on 309 implants (2 to 4 implants/ear). Patients of all ages were represented, and only 9 discontinuities were reported. Most patients (95\%) wear their prosthesis every day, in most cases more than 10 hours/day. The follow-up period ranged from 1 to 12 years, giving a total of 2624 postoperative observations of implants, with a 3\% incidence of significant skin reaction. We conclude that the surgical technique for auricular prostheses retained on osseointegrated implants is simple and associated with a low rate of peroperative and long-term complications. It offers a high degree of stability and aesthetic satisfaction.
This article was published in Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg
and referenced in Reconstructive Surgery & Anaplastology