Guthrie plastic and reconstructive surgeons collaborate with Guthrie obstetrics & gynecology, urology and colorectal surgery to address defects after cancer resections or severe soft tissue infections. Treatments for pelvic, vaginal or penile reconstruction include:
- Skin grafts: a superficial portion of skin without blood supply taken to cover an open wound or defect.
- Local/regional flaps: flaps consisting of muscle to gain soft tissue coverage in areas with severely damaged soft tissue.
- Free flaps (microsurgery): flaps consisting of skin/subcutaneous fat, skin/subcutaneous fat/muscle, skin/subcutaneous fat/ muscle/bone, or only muscle or only bone that are disconnected from their blood supply and reconnected to the blood vessels near the defect to be filled.