Who is a Candidate for Reconstructive Surgery?
Reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body that are caused by:
- Congenital defects
- Developmental abnormalities
- Trauma, infection
The general goal is to improve function, but may also be done to approximate a normal appearance. Reconstructive surgery is generally covered by most health insurance policies, although coverage for specific procedures and levels of coverage may vary greatly.
Medical professionals have made great advances in treating children with clefts and can do a lot to help your child lead a normal, healthy, happy life. Children born with a cleft lip or palate may need the skills of several medical professionals to correct the problem.
Reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body. It is generally performed to improve function, but may also be done to approximate a normal appearance.
Major advances have been made treating patients with hand injuries, degenerative disorders, and birth defects of the hand. Plastic surgeons undergo intensive training in hand surgery, and they treat patients with a wide range of hand problems.
Plastic surgeons can often improve the appearance of a scar, making it less obvious through the injection or application of certain steroid medications or through surgical procedures known as scar revisions.
Skin cancer is diagnosed by removing all or part of a skin growth and examining its cells under a microscope. It can be treated by a number of methods, depending on the type of cancer, its stage of growth, and its location on your body.
Tissue expansion enables the body to "grow" extra skin for use in reconstructing almost any part of the body. A silicone balloon expander is inserted under the skin and gradually filled over time, causing the skin to stretch and grow.
While your plastic surgeon may repair a wound with a direct closure, reconstruction may also include a skin graft, flap surgery, tissue expansion or microsurgery. The type of trauma and wound you exhibit will determine how you are treated.