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
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
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.
If you’d like to request an appointment with one of our specialists, call 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS DOC®) or visit our Appointments page for more information.