A man from Australia is gaining attention after undergoing a controversial surgery. This is a new kind of body modification and is also one of the strangest for the reasons the man has chosen to undergo the operation.
Since 1996, Stelarc (born: Stelios Arcadiou) has searched for surgeons willing to preform the operation and has not been able to find any until now. The operation shown in the video below, involves growing a synthetic ear to be placed under the skin. Future operations include lifting the back of the ear lobe from the arm and using stem cells to enhance the bottom flap of the ear. Stelarc explains on his web site:
“The ear lobe will most likely be formed by creating a cutaneous ‘bag’ that will be filled with adipo-derived stem cells and mature adipocytes. In other words the ear lobe would be partly grown using my own adult stem cells. Such a procedure is not legal in the US, so it will be done in Europe. It’s still somewhat experimental with no guarantee that the stem cells will grow evenly and smoothly – but it does provide the opportunity of sculpturally growing more parts of the ear – and possibly resulting in a cauliflower ear!”
The goal of the operation is to have a microphone implanted into the modification and be able to connect to Wi-Fi. This will enable people to access the sounds Stelarc encounters in everyday life. Other options include implanting a tracking device to also see where Stelarc is at all times. This would be available on his website and should increase his popularity more than it already has.
Stelarc is a preforming artist and will continue the profession and will always have a trick up his sleeve!