Professor Oh Kap-seong, a doctor with microtia, performed 1,000 microtia surgeries in 22 years |

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Professor Oh Gap-seong of Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, who has microtia, recently performed 1,000 cases of microtia surgery.

Kangbuk Samsung Hospital announced on the 29th that it has performed 1,000 cases of microtia surgery in 22 years since Professor Oh Kap-seong of the Department of Plastic Surgery started the first microtia surgery in 2001.

Microtia refers to a congenital deformity​​​​where one or both auricles are not formed, resulting in a small and deformed ear shape. It is said to occur in 1 in 6,000 newborns, and ear reconstruction surgery is generally performed using rib cartilage between the ages of 8 and 15.

In addition to reconstructing the shape of the ear, if there is an accompanying congenital atresia of the ear canal, reconstruction of the ear canal is also performed to improve hearing. In particular, microtia surgery is considered a very advanced operation because it requires the creation of a complex three-dimensional shape of the auricle.

Professor Oh Kap-seong said, “Microtia reconstruction goes beyond just doing one’s ears, and is a surgery that touches the hearts of patients and makes them start a new life.” ” he said.