Microsurgery allows innovative transportation of whole 3D blocks of tissue around the body for reconstructive purposes such as breast, limb and head and neck reconstruction.
It may include hip or leg bones being used to recreate a jaw, thigh skin to cover an exposed bone fracture in the leg, or fat and skin to recreate a breast.
Microsurgery allows transfer of a toe to replace a finger or reimplantation of amputated body parts such as fingers, limbs or ears.
It also allows re-connection or re-routing of nerves to re-establish nerve connections to restore sensation or muscle movement; and lymphatic vessels or lymph nodes to drain the fluid from a fluid filled arm or leg.
Microsurgery is very different to laparoscopic surgery, which uses portals and cameras to see inside confined body cavities.