Restoring normal anatomy and function after surgery through reconstructive surgery is a major emphasis of specialists in gynecology. Surgical reconstructive procedures may be required unexpectedly after a routine gynecological operation or as part of extensive treatment for advanced cancer. In either case, reconstructive surgery has been shown to reduce potential problems and side effects from surgery and improve patients' quality of life.
Complex reconstructive surgery requires extensive specialized training, proficiency with reconstructive surgical techniques and a dedication to working with women to understand their needs, expectations and goals.
At Mayo Clinic in Arizona, specialists in Gynecologic Oncology and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery work as a team to produce cosmetic results that restore as much anatomy and function as possible. This teamwork is especially important in radical cancer surgery, in which surgical reconstruction is an integral part of the overall treatment plan.
Physicians and staff members review treatment and reconstruction options with patients and discuss women's concerns and expectations. Today's reconstructive surgery techniques can produce cosmetically pleasing and functional results that improve a woman's quality of life. Reconstructive surgery is an important part of treatment planning at Mayo Clinic.
Some reconstructive surgery procedures performed include: