Patient lost ear to cancer, but silicone ear is ‘indistinguishable’ from real thing

February 21, 2014

MAYWOOD, Ill. – 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.