Microsurgery is a surgical branch in which specialized operating loupes or microscope are used and precision instrumentation is used to repair complicated structures such as blood vessels and nerves less than a few millimeters in diameter. This field has made a major impact to restore appearance and function to persons impaired by trauma, cancer, and congenital anomalies.
Microsurgery is a tool used by many plastic surgeons to perform specific procedures including the transfer of tissue from one part of the body to another (free tissue transfer), reattachment of severed parts (replantation), and composite tissue transplantation.
Microsurgical procedures represent a wide range of highly individualized operations. Microsurgical reconstruction is typically reserved for complex reconstructive surgery problems when other options (primary closure, skin grafting, local or regional flap transfer) are inadequate.
Common microsurgery procedures