Age and gender related changes in biomechanical properties of healthy human costal cartilage.

BACKGROUND AND AIMS For repairing the ear malformation, it is recommended in China to use the over than 10-years-old rib cartilage. However, according to our clinical experience, a better post-operation effect can be found using about the 7-years-old cartilage for the operation. To shape a harvested costal cartilage and to perform it on the transplant site… (More)