Reconstructive Microsurgery Program

The Reconstructive Microsurgery Program at Lurie Children’s treats complex deformities that are a result of trauma, tumors, burns or congenital conditions. Our program addresses a wide variety of reconstructive needs, from limb reconstruction after removal of a sarcoma, reconstruction from devastating facial or body trauma, to reconstruction of dynamic smiling due to a facial paralysis deficit.

Microsurgery is a complex specialty, typically requiring rebuilding an affected body part by transferring tissue from another area of the body with an independent blood supply. This delicate work is done using an operating microscope, because microsurgery involves connecting very small blood vessels and nerves during the reconstruction process.

Conditions We Treat

The Reconstructive Microsurgery Program specialists treat a wide variety of conditions, including:

  • Facial nerve paralysis
  • Brachial plexus injuries
  • Extremity conditions including limb salvage, free functional muscle transfer, and nerve innervation
  • Primary and secondary reconstruction for devastating facial trauma
  • Facial, trunk, and limb reconstruction after tumor resection
  • Primary and secondary burn reconstruction
  • Reconstruction after hemangioma and vascular malformation resections
  • Complex reconstruction for congenital anomalies including cleft lip and palate, craniosynostosis, facial clefting, and craniofacial differences

The Lurie Children’s Difference

After an initial consultation, our team will recommend a personalized treatment plan that addresses your child’s specific reconstructive needs. Our multidisciplinary team will collaborate with other specialties at Lurie Children’s to ensure that your comprehensive treatment plan addresses all the needs of the patient and the family, with an emphasis on restoring function and form. Frequent partners include specialties such as otolaryngology, hematology-oncology, pediatric surgery, orthopaedic surgery, urology, neurosurgery, radiology, pathology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychology, nursing​, and social work. We will seamlessly integrate with your existing care team, if your child is already being treated at Lurie Children’s for a related condition or trauma.

Our specialists also participate in research in clinical outcomes in pediatric plastic surgery and reconstructive microsurgery, with the goal of continuously improving the field and providing the most advanced surgical techniques to our patients

Our Specialists

The Reconstructive Microsurgery Program is led by Farooq Shahzad, MBBS, FACS, and Noopur Gangopadhyay, MD. Drs. Gangopadhyay and Shahzad are both fellowship-trained in craniofacial surgery and reconstructive microsurgery, and board-certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Appointments

If you’d like to request an appointment with one of our specialists, call 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS DOC®).

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Reconstructive Microsurgery Program