The UF Health Center for Reconstructive Surgery gives patients access to a highly
experienced group of surgeons who are dedicated to helping them get their lives
back. Our specialists offer a wide array of services, all tailored to the individual
needs of each patient.
During the first appointment, the provider will discuss all of the reconstructive
options available to the patient. After deciding on the best possible option together,
the physician will perform any tests or imaging to ensure the patient is a good
candidate for the surgery. Once this is confirmed, patient and provider will create
a post-operative plan with detailed instructions for an optimal recovery.
The goal of breast reconstruction is to restore the shape and symmetry of one or
both breasts affected by mastectomy, lumpectomy or congenital conditions. Our surgeons
offer different types of reconstruction, using implants or tissue from the patient's
own body. Your surgeon can help decide which is best for you.
Physicians at the UF Health Center for Reconstructive Surgery are constantly exploring
new and innovative reconstructive methods. They hope to be part of developing and
using the newest technology available — they are leaders in virtual surgical planning,
and 3D surgical modeling.
Patients who would like to participate in a clinical trial should consult their
physician for more information.
Complex Wound Management
Complex wounds can occur after a traumatic incident or major surgery, such as tumor
removal. Reconstructive surgery specialists treat these wounds by safely replacing,
removing or repairing damaged tissue. Their intervention can be the difference between
amputation and limb salvage.
Many women experience pelvic floor conditions after giving birth or due to aging.
If nonsurgical treatment options are not effective, or prolapse of reproductive
organs has occurred, reconstructive surgery can often be the best option for improving
a patient’s health and happiness.
Limb loss can occur due to severe injury, diabetes, cancer treatments or vascular
disease. Limb salvage surgery aims to bring back stability and range of motion to
the limb, saving it from amputation. Every limb salvage procedure is different,
so your surgeon will work closely with you to determine the best treatment plan.
Microvascular surgery involves transplanting tissues from one area of the body to
another. Surgeons disconnect the blood vessels supplying tissue and reconnect them
to vessels in the new recipient site. This technique allows for immediate reconstruction
even in the most complex cases, such as limb salvage procedures. Microvascular surgery
is not widely available in our area, but surgeons at UF Health Jacksonville use
it frequently to repair form and function for their patients.
Reconstructive Surgery of Defects in the Head and Neck
Facial defects can affect how you interact with others, eat, speak and more. Reconstructive
surgery can restore your abilities in these areas of your life and maintain facial
Reconstructive Surgery Following Melanoma or Skin Cancer
If you are diagnosed with melanoma or skin cancer, the best treatment method may
be surgery. But sometimes the procedure is complex, and surrounding skin and tissue
must be removed to prevent the spread of cancerous cells. Reconstructive surgery
can help replace that skin and tissue, minimize scarring and help a patient feel
confident with that area of their body.
Urinary incontinence can deeply affect a person’s quality of life. It can be hard
to venture too far from a bathroom and enjoy hobbies. Surgeons here are able to
repair and treat complex urologic issues and injuries resulting from cancer-related
surgery, radiation therapy and urologic trauma.