Expertise in microsurgery
Mayo Clinic doctors trained in hand and reconstructive surgery have experience and expertise performing many complex surgeries, including microsurgery. Surgeons perform microsurgery in hand transplant, face procedures and other procedures.
Microsurgery involves extensive training, as it involves very small surgical areas and small blood vessels and nerves. To perform microsurgery, surgeons use microscopes to magnify the surgical area and use small surgical tools. Imaging specialists (radiologists) work closely with surgeons before surgery and prepare images of the surgical area.
In microsurgery for the hand, foot or other parts of the body, surgeons conduct procedures involving small blood vessels and nerves. Surgeons also have experience using microsurgery to perform composite tissue graft transfers and replant fingers or toes that have been amputated.