Health Doctors Grow Replacement Ear Inside Patient's Arm

21:30  11 may  2018
21:30  11 may  2018 Source:   popularmechanics.com

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Growing our own replacement body parts may not be a fictional superpower much longer. Doctors expect to attach the ear to the patient ’ s head in the first quarter of 2017.

A car accident can be pretty traumatic for anyone, and the crash involving Army Pvt. Shamika Burrage was no exception. Two years ago, Burrage was driving her car when the front tire blew out, causing the vehicle to slide several hundred feet and flip several times. Burrage suffered head injuries and spinal fractures, as well as losing her left ear.

The other injuries eventually healed, but Burrage still had to live without her ear. She relied on prosthetics for a while, but recently her doctors at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso approached her with a new possible solution: to grow a brand new ear for her and attach it to her head.

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Chinese doctor grows ear from rib cartilage in patient ' s arm to restore hearing. Stage 1: Place a skin expander on the patient ' s arm to make space for the ear by injecting water inside to increase volume.

WATCH Doctors Grow Ear Using Cancer Victim' s Arm . Doctors opted to place the ear under the forearm. "We've talked for years about finding the right patient , in terms of age and health and a good support system.

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The only catch is that they’d have to grow the ear inside of her arm.

This particular procedure, called a prelaminated forearm free flap, has been performed a few times before, but never by the Army. Doctors take cartilage from Burrage’s ribs and mold it into an ear shape. They then implant that cartilage beneath the skin of Burrage’s forearm. There, the cartilage can grow into a functional ear, complete with nerve endings and blood vessels. Finally, the ear is removed from her arm and attached to her head, along with extra skin from her arm to cover up the scars.

The procedure is still not completed, and Burrage still has to undergo two more surgeries, but once the procedure is completed the new ear should be virtually indistinguishable from her old one.

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It might sound like something out of a science fiction novel, but it' s actually a real-life medical miracle: doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital managed to grow a replacement ear for a cancer patient on her own arm .

Chinese doctors replace ear lost in accident with one grown on patient ' s arm . In the second stage, doctors extracted cartilage from one of Ji's ribs, which was shaped and implanted under the expanded skin on his arm , allowing the new ear to grow .

“The whole goal is by the time she's done with all this, it looks good, it's sensate, and in five years if somebody doesn't know her they won't notice,” said Lt. Col. Owen Johnson III, her surgeon at WBAMC.

And as for Burrage, she finally feels like she’s beginning to heal. “It's been a long process for everything, but I'm back,” she said.

Source: U.S. Army

A soldier lost her ear in a car accident. So the doctors grew her a new one -- in her forearm .
A soldier lost her ear in a car accident. So the doctors grew her a new one -- in her forearmNow, thanks to a novel procedure performed at an Army medical center in Texas, Burrage is getting that ear back in a most unusual way.

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