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Advances and Innovations in Microsurgery

Park, Julie E. M.D.; Chang, David W. M.D.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: November 2016 - Volume 138 - Issue 5 - p 915e–924e
doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000002715
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Learning Objectives: After reading this article, the participant should be able to: 1. summarize the evolution of perforator, chimeric, and free style flaps; 2. define and give examples of supermicrosurgery as well as understand its application in treatment of lymphedema; and 3. appreciate the development and advancements of composite tissue allotransplantation.

Summary: Although microsurgery may seem like a highly specialized niche within plastic surgery, it is more than just a discipline that focuses on small anastomoses. It is a tool and a way of thinking that allows us to embody the true tenets of plastic surgery, as quoted by Tagliocozzi. What began as a challenge of returning amputated tissue to the body and achieving wound closure has evolved into a refinement of technique and change in philosophy that empowers the plastic surgeon to work creatively to “restore, rebuild, and make whole.”

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Chicago, Ill.

From the Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, The University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences.

Received for publication August 26, 2015; accepted June 22, 2016.

Disclosure: Thee authors have no financial interest to declare in relation to the content of this article.

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David W. Chang, M.D., Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, The University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences, 5841 South Maryland Avenue, Room J641, MC 6035, Chicago, Ill. 60637, dchang@surgery.bsd.uchicago.edu

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