Through the magic of modern medicine, one man has a new ear. It was transplanted there in a complicated seven-hour operation after growing for a few months on his forearm.
Guo Shuzhong, an expert in reconstructive surgery, led the successful operation at the First Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University on Wednesday.
The patient, surnamed Ji, came to the hospital last year after losing his right ear in a traffic accident. Unable to grow an ear back on his head because of the scar, Guo instead took a bit of the patient’s rib cartilage, shaped it up with 3D printing technology, and then buried it in his right forearm.
Guo said that the operation was so troublesome because it was difficult to find the right place to implant the ear where it would receive blood flow. After the surgery, Guo found that blood was running through the ear, indicating that the operation had been a success.
The patient will stay at the hospital for two more weeks for observation before being allowed to go home.
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