Dr. Anthony Ahn specializes in complex, delicate surgeries of the hand, often done as part of the microsurgery service. As the Chief of the Hand Surgery Service at Harbor UCLA, he keeps up to date on the latest technology involving microsurgery and even teaches new plastic surgeons hand repair techniques. Dr. Ahn is board certified in Orthopedic and Hand Surgery, as well.
Microsurgery is a specialized field that requires extensive training. The surgeon does delicate repairs utilizing an operating microscope. An operating microscope is an optical microscope designed specifically for surgical use. It contains elements that are easy to sterilize to reduce the risk of cross-contamination. This tool gives the surgeon a working visual field of even the smallest components when operating. Microsurgery service is critical in limb saving tasks like re-attachments.
The uses of microsurgery vary, but, it is generally associated with some type of traumatic injury or with reconstructive surgery. For example, a machine shop worker who accidentally cuts off his finger would require microsurgery for re-attachment.
Microsurgery is used for free tissue transfer, as well. This is grafting of tissue, skin, muscle, fat and bone, from a donor region. A burn victim who gets a skin graft requires microsurgery to attach the new tissue over the burned area.
The problem with re-attachments and plastic surgery is connecting all the tiny structures correctly. The human body is a vast network of capillaries, small blood vessels and nerves. The operating microscope allows the doctor to manage anastomosis, or reconnection, of these tiny, intricate structures.
A surgeon working to restore a limb or to replace damaged tissue with a donor material must be able to connect structures under 1 mm in diameter. These are things that cannot be seen clearly with the naked eye.
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