Plastic Reconstructive Surgery
Dr. Paul Wotowic, an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon, regularly performs plastic reconstructive surgery for San Ramon patients. Reconstructive plastic surgery is conducted to improve function and ability, and also to achieve a more typical appearance for a body structure that has been affected by trauma, infection, tumors, or congenital defects.
Common types of plastic reconstructive surgery include breast reconstruction after mastectomy, skin reconstruction after removal of skin cancer, and various reconstructive facial, head, and neck procedures.
Tissue grafting is a very common technique utilized in plastic reconstructive surgery. Grafting is the process of harvesting tissue from the patient’s body (called autologous tissue), then transferring it to another area to perform reconstruction. This allows for a more natural external appearance following plastic reconstructive surgery.
This process can require the use of either general anesthesia or a combination of local anesthesia and sedation; the ideal option depends on the exact procedure being performed. Anesthesia prevents the patient from feeling any pain or discomfort during surgery.
Recovery Following Plastic Reconstructive Surgery
The healing and recovery process after reconstructive procedures varies depending on the extent of reconstruction required. It will be important to follow Dr. Wotowic’s post-surgical care directions. This will minimize the chance of complications, preserve the quality of the results, and lead to an overall shorter recovery period.
Generally, healing requires downtime and time off from work. Rest is required, and patients must avoid physically taxing activities like heavy exercise. A degree of temporary swelling and bruising may be present for a time in the donor regions and the reconstructed regions. These can be addressed with the help of cold compresses.
Follow-up appointments will be necessary to check on the progress of incision healing and to ensure that there are no complications. Medical stitches are removed during these appointments.