Doctors Grow New Ear On Man’s Arm For Transplant

Posted: Nov 13 2016, 2:58am CST | by , Updated: Nov 13 2016, 3:03am CST, in News | Latest Science News

Doctors Grow New Ear on Man’s Arm for Transplant
Credit: China Daily

Once fully grown, the ear will be attached to patient's head, who lost his ear in a car accident

Chinese doctors have successfully grown an ear on Man’s arm in a breakthrough surgery.

The doctors took pieces of rib cartilage, carved them into the shape of an ear and inserted it on one of the arms of the patient. The ear will be removed from the arm and attached to the patient’s head once fully grown.

The patient, only identified as Ji, has lost his right ear in a car accident a year ago. Ji sustained serious injuries in the right side of his face including losing his ear and had to undergo numerous surgical operations to restore his facial skin and cheeks. But patient Ji, who is in his 30s, was frustrated about his torn off ear and wants to get it back.

Guo Shuzhong, an expert in reconstructive surgery, devised a three-step surgical plan for the patient.

In the first phase, doctors inserted a skin expander in the patient’s right arm and regularly injected water to expand the skin. In the second phase, which was successfully done on Tuesday, doctors took pieces of cartilage from the patient’s chest and buried them under the expanded skin.

The third phase will be transplanting new ear onto patient’s head, which may take three to four months before the organ is fully grown, China Daily reports.

Doctor Guo Shuzhong also carried out the first facial transplant operation in China in 2006 when a disfigured man was given a new cheek, upper lip, nose and an eyebrow.

Guo reveal that the most difficult part of the latest surgery was the carving as ear has dozens of anatomical structures and is considered to be a complicated component of our body.

The reconstructive surgery was performed at the affiliated hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University in Xi'an, Shaanxi province.

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