Reconstructive operations are conducted on patients of all ages and genders, as well as trauma patients, whose bodies have been crippled by congenital defects, tumours or injuries. With the help of reconstructive surgery, doctors attempt to restore the patient’s former appearance or function. Most operations are conducted with the help of a microscope.
Reconstructive microsurgery specialists conduct all types of facial, head and neck soft tissue, bone and organ reconstructions after the removal of benign and malignant tumours. Surgical manipulations are conducted together with oncologists, who remove the tumour, while microsurgeons rectify the defect, using the patient’s tissue from other parts of the body. In individual cases, correction of facial and head defects is also required by patients after head injuries.
Osteomyelitis is a bone infection resulting from a bacterial infection. Type one osteomyelitis usually affects children. Treatment commences with antibiotics, but in the event that therapy is unsuccessful, surgery may be required, during which the infected bone is removed. Type two osteomyelitis is observed after traumatic bone damage. If medicinal therapy does not help, all dead and infected tissue as well as that with poor circulation is surgically removed and replaced with a skin graft with full blood circulation from a healthy part of the body.
In the aftermath of a breast cancer operation, contemporary methods provide patients with the opportunity for breast renewal, which in turn of their form and appearance are very similar to natural breasts. Each oncological case can be assessed individually, but often it is possible to perform a breast reconstruction immediately after a mastectomy. In this case, the patient will be spared the unpleasant experience and post-operative feeling that her breast is no longer in place. The breast renewal process takes place over the course of several operations. Breast renewal is available with soft tissue grafts or implants.
In most cases, treatment of skin, muscular or bone growths is carried out together with an oncologist. In cases of large growths, the plastic surgeon will reconstruct the tissue defect with similar tissue. A reconstructive operation is necessary to reduce the cosmetic and functional defects affecting the relevant part of the body. In the case of a malignant skin operation, the scope of the operation is much greater and the specialist may perform microsurgical transplant of healthy tissue to rectify extensive soft tissue or bone defects.
Patients have access to the most progressive methods for treating wounds – tissue graft transplantation and microsurgery. In order to choose the most appropriate method for treating a non-healing wound, the plastic surgeon will carry out a careful examination of the wound and assess its size and complexity. The specialist will pay maximum attention to the aesthetic outcome so that the scars cannot be noticed after the operation. In the simplest cases, superficial skin wounds are stitched up. In cases of larger wounds, a skin transplant or tissue stretching with an espander is performed, which is intended to “grow” surplus skin to stitch up the wound.
Nerve damage (burning, numbness, functional loss) resulting from injuries can be treated, surgically renewing the damaged nerve using microsurgery. It is recommended that the nerve should be stitched as quickly as possible, which increases the likelihood that functions will be restored successfully. In order to renew the nerve, it is often necessary to replace the damaged nerve with a less important nerve from another part of the body. Our doctors primarily specialise in treating damage to peripheral nerves, as well as the shoulder nerve nexus.
When problems caused by scars impair limb movement, cause pain and hamper the functioning of adjoining organs, treatment is necessary to improve the functions of the relevant part of the body. A secondary goal is to improve aesthetic appearance. Removal or scars is multi-stage process – infected tissue is removed, healthy skin is connected, and skin grafting and transplants may be required. Several operations may be required for optimal correction of scars. Our specialists also treats the consequences of electrical injuries and freezing.
What is reconstructive surgery?
In short, reconstructive surgery is a type of plastic surgery that focuses on the correction of deformities or functional deficiencies significantly improving the patient’s quality of life.
What services does reconstructive surgery include?
Correction of various physical defects and restoration of functions as far as possible in each specific case. The available services are divided into the following major groups: reconstructive surgery around the head and neck, treatment of bone defects, visual restoration of the breast, treatment of skin, muscle and bone formations (benign or malignant), treatment of non-healing wounds, treatment of nerve traumas and injuries, treatment of burns and scars.
When is reconstructive surgery required?
Reconstructive surgery is required, for example, in the case of congenital defects, accident injuries, age-related complications, as well as injuries caused by diseases, such as tumours, etc.
How long is the recovery process?
Recovery duration depends on the performed procedure and its complexity. In each individual case, this will be best explained by your doctor. Some procedures allow returning to the daily routine on the same day, while others require a longer observation period.
Where can I receive reconstructive surgery services?
Reconstructive surgery services are provided by the Microsurgery Center, a cooperation partner of the Health Travel Latvia cluster. The Microsurgery Center employs experienced professionals who are able to treat even the most complex cases.
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