At the “Unbreakable” National Rehabilitation Center, American and Ukrainian doctors performed three highly complex face reconstruction operations for military personnel in one day.
As reported in the First Medical Association of Lviv, several teams worked in each operating room. While one group of surgeons was preparing the “injury site”, another was separating the material from the part of the body from which bone and tissue transplants will be made to the injured area.
At least 10 specialists worked with one patient: surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and assistants. The duration of each intervention was from 10 to 15 hours.
“Personally, it’s difficult for me to see a lot of young people with extremely complex injuries that they will have to deal with for the rest of their lives. That’s probably what affects the most. That’s why our main goal is to correct these injuries and help them.” – says Hryhoriy Mashkevich, plastic and reconstructive surgeon from New York.
|American and Ukrainian doctors performed three highly complex operations in one day|
As the head of the surgery department of the Nezlamni National Rehabilitation Center, the head of the surgical department of the St. Panteleimon Hospital of the First TMO Hnat Gerych said in a comment to “Ukrinform”, he worked on the reconstruction of the face of a patient with a mine-explosive wound.
The victim vomited a large amount of soft tissues and facial bones.
|A very complex technique is used for such reconstruction|
For such a reconstruction, a very complex technique is used, when a small tibia bone is taken with a vessel and skin and part of a muscle. It is specially prepared and placed where there are no bones on the face. The vessels are sutured to get the blood supply from the neck.
|A small tibia with a vessel and skin and part of a muscle and is inserted where there are no facial bones.|
“This is such an extremely complicated microsurgical transplantation, because these blood vessels are very thin, almost like a hair. We operated in this way on three soldiers who were wounded in the war“, said Gerych.
|The victim vomited a large amount of soft tissues and facial bones|
In general, surgical interventions will be performed on 30 Ukrainians with head, neck and upper limb injuries during the week. Initially, it was planned to perform 42 operations, but the number was reduced due to the long duration of the interventions. American surgeons will work with other patients in the spring of 2024.
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