Microsurgery is a subspecialty within plastic and reconstructive surgery that takes many additional years of study and practice. These procedures are performed with the assistance of an operating room microscope, and requires precision and a great attention to detail. Microsurgery involves repair of very small blood vessels and nerves in order to restore both form and function. Large segments of muscle, bone, skin and fat can be effectively transferred from one part of the body, to a distant part. Patients who benefit from microsurgery are those who have suffered injury following trauma, cancer, or birth defects.
The Surgical Experience
Reconstructive microsurgery is performed under general anesthesia in a hospital, and typically takes around 6-9 hours to complete. It is considered an inpatient procedure, with typically 3-5 days in hospital.
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