What is Reconstructive Surgery?
Reconstructive surgery involves replacing or repairing tissue ( often skin, muscle or bone ) that has been damaged or removed in trauma or in cancer operations.
What does Reconstructive Surgery involve?
While smaller defects are often reconstructed with movement of tissue from the local area, larger defects require complex microsurgical reconstruction. This often involves transplanting tissue from one part of the body (arm, thigh or lower leg) to the face using microsurgery. With such techniques large areas of the tongue, jaw or face can be reconstructed.
Dr. Patrick Mehanna is trained in microsurgery and routinely performs Reconstructive surgery at John Hunter Hospital.