What Is Microsurgery?

Microsurgery is a special field in reconstructive surgery that allows surgeons to transplant tissue from one area of the body to reconstruct another. It is commonly used in Head and Neck surgery to reconstruct complex facial deformities (jaw, mouth, face) after cancer surgery or trauma.

By attaching tiny blood vessels from the transplanted tissue (or ‘free flap’) using an operating microscope to blood vessels at the new site, a circulation is established allowing the transplanted tissue to survive. 

In this short clip, skin (MSAP flap) is being transplanted from the lower leg to reconstruct a defect in the mouth following cancer excision.

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