What can go wrong?
Bleeding within the tissues of the ear - this can form a blood clot (Haematoma) which may need to be drained. Persistent pain is a sign that this may have occurred and needs urgent attention. If untreated, Perichondritis (inflammation) and deformity of the cartilage may occur. If your child needs continual regular pain control then they should be seen urgently and have the dressing removed and the ear checked
Infection as with all surgical procedures but this is rare.
Sometimes the ears will not be exactly matched as this will depend on the healing process but there should be a noticeable improvement. The position of the ear may also change over time
Extrusion of sutures:
Very rarely the sutures may start to come through the skin. This can happen as the body “ rejects” the stature material