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How does microsurgery help in treating burns and other wounds?

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Have you lost a finger, toe, ear, or even a lip? Microsurgery may allow for those to be re-attached. Simply stated, it is a procedure in which the surgeon uses a microscope for surgical assistance in reconstructive procedures. By using a microscope, the surgeon can actually sew tiny blood vessels or nerves, allowing him or her to repair damaged nerves and arteries. This may also be a method to relieve facial paralysis or reconstruct breasts. Microsurgery is frequently used with other surgical procedures such as the free flap procedure.

SOURCES:

TeensHealth: "Plastic Surgery."

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: "Reconstructive Procedures."

American Society of plastic Surgeons: "Wound Care Physician's Counseling Guide."

CDC: "Frequently Asked Questions About Surgical Site Infections."

University of Michigan Health System: "Reconstructive Burn Surgery."

 

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 29, 2017

SOURCES:

TeensHealth: "Plastic Surgery."

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: "Reconstructive Procedures."

American Society of plastic Surgeons: "Wound Care Physician's Counseling Guide."

CDC: "Frequently Asked Questions About Surgical Site Infections."

University of Michigan Health System: "Reconstructive Burn Surgery."

 

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 29, 2017

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