Silicone ear is ‘indistinguishable’ from real thing for man who lost ear to cancer

Silicone ear is ‘indistinguishable’ from real thing for man who lost ear to cancer

After losing an ear to cancer, a patient received a silicone ear that looks remarkably real. A surgeon implanted three small metal posts in the side of the patient’s head. Each post is fitted with a magnet. The prosthetic ear also is magnetized, so it sticks to the metal posts.

via Cosmetic Surgery News — ScienceDaily:

To look at Henry Fiorentini’s artificial right ear, you could never tell he lost his real ear to cancer.Loyola University Medical Center ear surgeon Sam Marzo, MD, fitted Fiorentini with a prosthetic ear that looks just like the real thing. Marzo implanted three small metal posts in the side of Fiorentini’s head. Each post is fitted with a magnet. The silicone prosthetic ear also is magnetized, so it sticks to the metal posts.But even more remarkable to Fiorentini is the delicate surgery Marzo performed to successfully remove the cancer, without harming the facial nerve. Other doctors had told Fiorentini it couldn’t be done.”Dr. Marzo saved my life,” said Fiorentini, 56. “I now have a long life ahead of me, free of significant disfiguration and recurrent cancer.”Fiorentini had basal cell skin cancer, the most common type of cancer in the United States. It’s slow-growing and usually easily treated. But in Fiorentini’s case, the cancer would become life-threatening.The cancer started behind his right ear. And despite multiple surgeries at other centers, the cancer persisted. …

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Cosmetic Surgery News — ScienceDaily

Silicone ear is ‘indistinguishable’ from real thing for man who lost ear to cancer

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