Reconstructive surgery is an important component of
comprehensive cancer care and is often a vitally important step
for patients to regain normal function after cancer-related
treatments. At the Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center, patients
benefit from some of the latest advances in reconstructive
surgery and wound care.
Microvascular surgery is considered the “gold standard” for
certain reconstruction surgeries, including breast
reconstruction following a mastectomy. In microvascular surgery,
tissues are transplanted from a donor site elsewhere in the
body, most commonly from the lower abdomen, along with
individual blood vessels that are carefully rejoined to blood
vessels at the site being reconstructed. This is done with
approximately 10 sutures, each of which is thinner than human
The transplanted tissue has a more robust blood supply than
conventional reconstruction and has better healing and less
Not all reconstructive surgeries involve mircrovascular
surgery. When appropriate, artificial
implants and other materials are also used.
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