And… here’s the new ear opening! The picture at left shows the arc of the incision line behind the right ear. It also shows the ear canal with a circular sponge filling it. The sponge helps ensure that the new hole and canal remain open; the sponge is also soaked with an antimicrobial or antiseptic solution. The hole is pretty large but, apparently, it’s purposefully that way because the opening will shrink as it heals.
I’ve spared you the gore of the skin graft: to the left of the incision is a 3 x 3 inch square that is covered with a clear plastic dressing that’s stitched in place. To me, it looks like a bloody mess but the doctor assured us it looks worse than it is. The doctor who prepped us likened the skin graft to “a really bad scrape”.
Here’s Kai at brunch afterwards with the surgery site bandaged:
Fortunately, there's a convenient gap between the skin graft area and the behind-the-ear incision