Duke’s plastic and reconstructive surgeons use the most advanced techniques to reconstruct and repair every part of the body. As a Level 1 trauma center, we routinely reconstruct, repair and reattach limbs following traumatic injury. If you have been diagnosed with a potentially disfiguring medical condition, we are part of your medical team from your first diagnosis. We use our surgical expertise to correct congenital and acquired deformities. We also perform the full range of cosmetic procedures. Our goal is to improve your function, enhance your appearance and return you to your daily activities.
Conditions We Treat
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Why Choose Duke
Advanced Microsurgical Techniques
Operating on tiny, delicate tissues under a microscope requires advanced specialty training and years of experience. Our surgeons pioneered some of the microsurgical techniques used today to detach, move and successfully reattach tissue from one area of the body to another. We are one of the few centers in the U.S. with surgeons trained in the highly specialized technique of super microsurgery. It uses ultra high magnification to detach and reattach microscopic tissue and blood vessels.
Our surgeons share their expertise by teaching the latest plastic and reconstructive surgery techniques to doctors who travel to Duke for our courses from across the country and around the world. Our combined skill and leadership mean you work with some of the most knowledgeable and experienced plastic and reconstructive surgeons in the U.S.
Leaders in Hand Transplantation
The head of our hand transplant program helped establish the first hand transplant program in the U.S., where the first hand transplant in the U.S. was performed. She leads research that guides the application of this investigational procedure.
Sophisticated Reconstruction Options
We use advanced microsurgical skills to perform the full gamut of reconstruction options necessary to repair damage from trauma, surgery, congenital or acquired deformities. We work with surgeons throughout Duke to repair and reconstruct wounds on all body parts, including the head, neck, abdomen, chest, and extremities. Our plastic surgeons are also trained to transplantation to reconstruct wounds when reconstruction is not possible.
Surgical Treatment of Lymphedema
We offer complex, super-microsurgical techniques to help manage and cure lymphedema, a painful condition that may result from surgery for breast cancer surgery. The procedures include lymphaticovenous bypass and lymph node transplant to relocate lymph nodes to the affected area such as the arm. We also offer other surgical interventions such as excision of excess skin and liposuction. We tailor our approach to your lymphedema.
Sub Specialists in Oral Health
Our team of oral/maxillofacial surgeons, orthodontists, and dentists coordinate the complex care required to treat many facial reconstructive and cosmetic conditions. We use specialized orthodontics, dental implants and surgical approaches to correct skeletal and dental concerns including painful jaw conditions such as TMJ, and jaw and teeth misalignment. Our comprehensive approach can help improve your chewing, speaking, and breathing.
Regional Experts in Wound Care and Repair
When serious injury occurs, we are the regional experts in reattaching hands and other extremities. We provide care for trauma patients who are flown here from several states. We use a range of therapies, including skin grafts and flaps to heal wounds that cannot be closed surgically, and to treat burns, skin tears, and ulcers. Our expertise reduces your risk of scarring and infection.
Personalized Cosmetic Recommendations
We work closely with men and women who are considering cosmetic surgery to enhance their face, breasts, and body. Our skilled surgical techniques minimize scarring and your recovery time. We help you understand your options through informative seminars and personal consultations that start with your first visit and continue through your recovery.
In addition, Duke University Hospital is proud to be named the best hospital in North Carolina, and nationally ranked in 10 adult and 9 pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report for 2019–2020.