Reconstructive microsurgery uses operating microscopes and ultra-precise instruments to repair intricate internal structures – including blood vessels and tiny nerves. When done correctly, the technique can help restore optimal aesthetics and function to patients who are affected by trauma, cancer and congenital defects.
Dr. Larson performs microsurgery to perform a number of procedures for his patients. It is most often reserved for complex reconstructive surgeries when other, more traditional techniques would produce subpar outcomes. It typically involves transferring tissue from one location of the body to another as a way to reconstruct the area. Common microsurgery procedures include:
The cases that require microsurgery are typically the most challenging ones in plastic and reconstructive surgery. As such, it is important to select a plastic surgeon who is specially trained in this technique.
With extensive training and a proven track record of achieving optimal microsurgery results, you can rest assured that Dr. Larson has the technical and artistic prowess necessary to successfully perform your procedure.
Dr. Larson will perform your microsurgery under general anesthesia, which means you will be unconscious and unable to feel any pain or discomfort throughout the entire experience.
During surgery, a microscope will be mounted to the floor or ceiling. It has a moveable arm that can repositioned during surgery for optimal precision. The procedure will involve taking tissue from a larger body part – such as the leg or back – and using it to rebuild your breasts or reconstruct defects on the nose, scalp, ears, hands, fingers and other small body features. Throughout this process, Dr. Larson may also remove blood vessels and nerves so that they can be reattached to the recipient site.
Immediately after microsurgery, Dr. Larson will apply bandages to the incisions and place a compression garment to minimize swelling and promote healing. You may need to stay in the hospital overnight so that we can monitor your blood flow and ensure your safety.
You can expect a total recovery period of several weeks. Your initial results will be camouflaged by post-surgical swelling. As this side effect subsides, the results of your microsurgery will become increasingly visible.