Published online Aug 28, 2016. doi: 10.5319/wjo.v6.i3.50
Peer-review started: March 1, 2016
First decision: April 15, 2016
Revised: May 12, 2016
Accepted: June 1, 2016
Article in press: June 3, 2016
Published online: August 28, 2016
We describe a modified aural meatoplasty technique. The technique has been mainly used for mastoid surgery but it may also be used to address other causes of meatal stenosis. It involves removing most of the cartilage in the conchal bowl and soft tissue in the external auditory meatus. Cartilage from the helical root may also be sacrificed as part of this procedure. Our technique produces an excellent cosmetic result and an adequate meatoplasty which is easy to monitor in the outpatient setting.
Core tip: A successful meatoplasty addresses the bony, soft tissue and cartilaginous portions of the external auditory meatus. At least one, if not all these factors, can contribute to external auditory canal stenosis. Cartilage from the helical root can be resected in order to create an adequate meatoplasty.