Reconstructive Surgery: Microsurgery
Dr. Dumanian often needs to use a microscope to transplant tissue from one part of the body to another to perform reconstructive surgery. A "flap" is elevated from one part of the body and completely moved to another site. Tiny blood vessels must be reconnected with sutures the size of a human hair, and for that reason a microscope is needed. Some common situations that reconstructive microsurgery is performed is for breast reconstruction, the repair of open fractures of the lower leg, and for head and neck cancer reconstruction. Each case is very individual, and Dr. Dumanian will spend time to help you understand all of the issues that go along with these surgeries.