Reconstructive Surgery 

Surgeons at the University of Chicago Medicine are experts in a wide variety of reconstructive surgery techniques. Whether in the hospital or an outpatient facility, our surgeons tailor each procedure to meet your specific health care needs and desired outcome. 

With reconstructive surgery, our aim is to restore form and function to an affected area of the body. If an injury, surgery, developmental disorder or birth defect has created a need for reconstructive surgery, our expert physicians are here to meet your needs.

Our Reconstructive Procedures

Our plastic and reconstructive surgeons offer a wide variety of treatment options, including:
Patients can receive treatment for burns from heat, electricity, chemicals, radiation, gases and cold exposure.
Reconstructive surgery can alleviate facial deformities caused by paralysis by replacing affected muscles with tissue or other muscles. UChicago Medicine is a major center in the Chicago area that offers facial reanimation for patients after brain surgery, stroke, or for those who suffer from Bell's palsy.
For patients with gender dysphoria, a persistent conflict between their biologically assigned gender and their expressed gender, we offer gender reassignment surgery. Our highly skilled plastic surgeons work with a multidisciplinary team of experts to perform reassignment surgeries.
Birth defects, problems with development, trauma or cancer surgery can create the need for construction or repair of the genital and urinary organs. When such a procedure is necessary, our plastic surgeons work with a team of doctors including urologists, gynecologists, endocrinologists and psychiatrists to ensure the complete recovery of the patient.
Our hand surgeons include plastic surgeons as well as orthopaedic surgeons. They all have obtained Certificates of Added Qualification in Hand Surgery and are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. The multidisciplinary team works together every step of the way — from diagnosis to surgery and through rehabilitation.

We are one of the few centers in the world that provide high volume of microsurgical treatment of lymphedema, a disorder in which lymph fluid accumulates that can lead to chronic swelling. Many of our faculty are pioneers and leaders in the field of lymphedema surgery. 

Our plastic surgeons can correct birth defects such as cleft lip or palate, bone abnormalities and ear deformities. We also use revolutionary microsurgery to repair the throat, mouth, jaw and cheek area after cancer has been removed.

 

Our surgeons offer total and subtotal nasal reconstruction that combines techniques used in both aesthetic and reconstructive surgery.

There are a wide variety of options available to people who have had breast tissue removed because of cancer. These include breast prosthesis, using the patient's own tissue or a combination of both these methods to reconstruct the breast.

Advances in microsurgical tissue transfer have brought us to the leading edge of reconstructive surgery. Microsurgery is the joining of extremely small blood vessels and nerves together. Many of our faculty members are internationally renowned leaders in reconstructive microsurgery. We offer state-of-the-art microsurgical techniques for breast, facial, head/neck, lymphedema and extremities reconstruction. Microsurgical techniques allow for more precise and detailed reconstruction, as well as for quicker recovery times.

We focus on treating large scars and scars resulting from trauma or surgery. We also offer specialized techniques in scar removal, halting a scar's development and the treatment of keloid scars.
Once a skin tumor has been surgically removed, our reconstructive surgeons can repair the remaining area. They will consider both the need to fill and close the wound as well as the final appearance of the reconstruction.