Microsurgery involves the use of specialist instruments and sutures (stitches) to rejoin small blood vessels and nerves.

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The Procedure

These techniques enable the repair and replantation of injured or severed parts.

The same techniques can also be employed to move large volumes of specialised tissues as free flaps. These permit reconstruction of defects after trauma or cancer surgery.

Microsurgery can be used in the following areas :

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Complications and Risks

All Procedures have potential complications and risks. These can be divided into general complications and those specific to each procedure. The latter are listed in the FAQs below.

General complications include:

  • Wound complications - bleeding, bruising, collections under the skin of blood (haematoma), pus (abscess), serous fluid (seroma), infection, wound breakdown, suture extrusion, sensory loss;
  • Aesthetic complications - poor scars, stretched scars, raised scars (keloid or hypertrophic), contour irregularities, need for revisional procedure;
  • Anaesthetic complications

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