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.
In accordance with the decision made by the Governor, elective surgery will once again be possible in the state of Arizona as of May 1.
This means that we will be expanding the operating hours of our office on a limited basis to accommodate new patients and to care for post-operative patients.
Physical Distancing measures will still be in effect. If you are coming to the office, please wear a mask and sanitize or wash your hands before entering and frequently while you are with us. We will be wearing masks as well and limiting physical and close contact.
If you are coughing, feeling ill or have a fever, DO NOT come to the office. Call us instead and we can make arrangements to see you if you need us. We will also have limited staff present in the office so things may run a bit more slowly.
Telemedicine consults are still available, and we encourage you to use this option if possible.
We are working to reschedule all the patients who had their surgeries temporarily canceled as a result of the quarantine. We will be in touch with you to do so, there is no need to call us. Please be patient with us, the surgery centers and hospitals will be working through a major backlog.
The mortality rate of this disease climbs sharply after 50. If you are over 50, please stay home if at all possible. Patients over 60 should only come to the office for emergencies or issues that cannot wait such as trauma or cancer.
Please be safe and bear with us as we begin the phased process of re-opening.Virtual Consultation