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Too tight first bandage: Problem with the anthelix? :(

Too tight first bandage: Problem with the anthelix? :(

Postby Derter » Sat Apr 20, 2013 10:18 am

4 days ago I've had otoplasty. I was instructed to wear two tennis headbands for three days (holding the ear bandages on their place)

Looks like the headbands were too tight. I am enclosing a pic: On the upper left is my ear 3 days after surgery, the other three is my ear pre surgery.

Do you think that the anthelix is damaged from pressure? Any chance that after swelling resides things will be better? Anything I can do right now to help it?

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Re: Too tight first bandage: Problem with the anthelix? :(

Postby DCJeff » Sat Apr 20, 2013 9:41 pm

I don't understand why you think your ear is damaged.
Obviously it looks swollen and bruised, but that will go away in a few days. I think overall it looks fine. You should ask your doctor what he/she thinks.
Good luck.
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Re: Too tight first bandage: Problem with the anthelix? :(

Postby Derter » Sun Apr 21, 2013 2:51 am

Well don't you think the anthelix looks misplaced because of the high pressure of the bandage?
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Re: Too tight first bandage: Problem with the anthelix? :(

Postby Llamaboy12 » Mon Apr 22, 2013 5:20 am

looks fine to me, as long as the band wasn't pulling the ear away from the head. The way my dr. explained the purpose of the headband was to protect it. Not really "hold them in place" that was done by him/the stitches. It is there they don't get pulled forward.

Your ears will tell you if it is too tight, they will def. hurt. Just keep normal pressure and you should be fine.
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Re: Too tight first bandage: Problem with the anthelix? :(

Postby octo3 » Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:20 pm

A important part of otoplasty from what i can gather from a world expert in otoplasty after having revision is the bandage should be very light pressure because too much pressure can cause pain distort the ear to a unnatural shape and cause tissue loss.I think they do it tight to reduce the risk of bleeding and heamatoma my surgeon put suction drains on my ears and were left on for 4 hours after surgery and didnt have any bleeding. There is a 1 case i know of were somebody losed there ear after the blood circulation was cut off to ear because of a very tight bandage.Bandage taken off after 7 days no need to wear a bandage at night as this will do more harm than good.
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Re: Too tight first bandage: Problem with the anthelix? :(

Postby aj1971 » Tue Jan 19, 2016 3:01 am

The bandage protects the ears positions during the first few days after surgery. also makes them less likely to be knocked or bent while sleeping which is why it's worth wearing one at night for a while
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