By Theresa Mair
Innsbruck – Selina learned to read from her lips when others spoke. Until two years ago, 16-year-old Styrian from Schladming did not hear well. It was exhausting at school. "Often, I did not properly understand the dictation, & # 39; m & # 39; n," HAK student recalled yesterday at the opening of a craniofacial center at a clinic in Innsbruck. Earlier, Selina also watched as her right ear was covered with hair.
She was born with malformation. "Her right outer ear was hardly created, she had no auditory canal, and her middle ear was incomplete," said Claus Pototschnig, executive senior physician at the Department of Otolaryngology and head of the Craniofacial Department yesterday. In addition, Selina could start the nozzle and she would only experience it in conversational volumes. At the age of 14, she opted for surgery – there were actually three procedures in which her wrist was cosmetically reconstructed and her hearing aid implant was placed. Since then, she has been listening well again. "I no longer need lip reading," she says.
Seline treatment requires the collaboration of experts in different medical disciplines, such as plastic surgeons and ENT physicians. She was fortunate to have Franz Muigg from the University Hospital for Hearing, Speech and Speech Disorders take care of her and coordinate all the meetings for her. "He did some listening tests with me and organized everything so we only had to drive there twice a year and were able to search all the doctors in one day," she says. An estimated 50 patients with various head, neck and jaw malformations are being treated at the University Hospital in Innsbruck. The establishment of a Craniofacial Center should now make it easier for all patients to find their way around the clinic. "If five to six disciplines are involved, logistics is more difficult. That's why there is now a coordinating office," said Gerhard Pierer, director of the University Hospital for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery and a spokesman for the General Assembly of the new center. It should not be the case that patients need to “know someone” to get their hands on the clinic. You should be able to trust yourself to get to the right place through better networking of disciplines.
Selina, 16, can also be heard in her right ear for two years.
– Vanessa Rachle
A total of eight clinics are represented in the craniofacial center – from the University of Anesthetics and Intensive Care, Gynecology and Obstetrics to Neurosurgery. Likewise, the Institute of Human Genetics, Department of Pediatrics and Department of Radiology. Psychological support or social counseling is also available to all patients. The Institute for Human Genetics offers within the center an explanation of possible hereditary causes. It is also available to those affected for advice when it comes to issues that z. B. concerned possible inheritance, such as Christine Fauth, a senior physician at the Institute of Human Genetics and Dep. The head of the Craniofacial Committee said.
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The General Assembly meets once a year. The craniofacial committee meets monthly to discuss each patient. But not only those who are affected, but also doctors are brought in by a new benefit organization. With the help of a specially created IT platform, any participating physician can view all findings without having to wait for any releases from the ward.
Patients can now be contacted directly by the Craniofacial Center Coordination Office (cfc.tirol-kliniken.at) or presented to the board by a contact person in the ward. The third time leads sometimes through prenatal diagnosis before birth to the center: Delivery and emergency surgeries can be planned this way without hassle and parents are caught.
The knob over Selina's ear is connected to the hearing aid implant.
– Vanessa Rachle
For Pototschnig, Selina is a "great example" that patient care was already good, it was even better now. Selina was already feeling well, before they had surgery, they never teased her. Some would not notice the malformation. "But cosmetic correction was helpful. Now I often have a bun."