Trauma & Reconstructive Surgery

Salt Lake City, Utah Skin Grafts and Injury Repair

Dr. Reuben offers surgery to heal or improve the appearance of areas of the body that have endured physical trauma. Reconstructive plastic surgery procedures often use the patient's own tissue, or "flaps". Tissue flaps are taken from an adjacent area and carefully incorporated into the site of the injury.

Salt Lake City patients with complicated defects may require "free tissue transfers" to cover their wounds. In this case, tissues such as skin and muscle are transferred from an entirely different site on the body. When tissue is transplanted in this manner, blood flow is restored with the help of microvascular surgical techniques. Microvascular techniques connect tiny blood vessels together in order to restore blood flow to the transplanted flap of tissue.

Reconstructive surgery services include:

  • Sternal coverage: repair of chest skin that remains open following surgery or trauma
  • Spine coverage: closure of open skin over the spine following spine surgery
  • Pressure sore (or pressure ulcer) repair: skin grafting to restore sensation to and improve the appearance of pressure sores
  • Skin cancer reconstruction: repair of skin defects in any area of the body, including the face, following removal of skin cancer

Abdominal Wall Reconstruction

Abdominal wall reconstruction is a complicated surgery used to close open abdominal wounds or to correct abdominal weaknesses created by hernias. Dr. Reuben offers abdominal wall reconstruction when traditional methods of reconstruction are likely to fail. The procedure closes and dynamically restructures the abdomen by moving abdominal tissues and redistributing the abdominal muscles.

Head and Neck Reconstruction

Patients who have undergone cancer removal surgery of the head or neck often need complex cosmetic surgery to restore their appearance. Dr. Reuben can transplant skin, soft tissue, and bone from distant areas of the body to restore normal appearance and function. The transfer of these tissues may require microvascular surgery, or microscopic attachment of nerves, arteries, and veins.

Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft tissues include skin, fat or sub-cutaneous tissue, muscles, nerves, tendons, blood vessels, and cartilage. Common injuries to soft tissues include scars, burns, puncture wounds, tattoos with debris, lacerations, avulsions of tissue. These injuries range from minor to disfiguring. Timely treatment of soft tissue injuries is a key factor in the extent to which injuries can be healed. Dr. Reuben uses techniques in plastic surgery to restore the form and function of the injured area.

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Skin graft surgery after skin cancer in Salt Lake City, Utah 
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