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Reconstructive Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgery comes from the greek word “plastikos,” which means to shape or mold.  The field of plastic surgery is involved in restoring the shape and function of the human body.

We bring back, refashion and restore to wholeness the
Features which nature gave but chance destroyed, 
Not so much that they may charm the eye 
But that they may be an advantage to the living soul . . .

The end for which the physician is working is that 
The features should fulfill their offices according to nature's decree..."

Gaspare Tagliocozzi, 1597
De Curtorum Chirurgia per Insitionem

Plastic surgeons perform a broad range of procedures both cosmetic and reconstructive. Reconstructive procedures include those for the breast, head and neck, chest wall/thorax, abdomen, pelvis, genital and extremity. 

Our Team

The Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Team at the Stanford Cancer Center is comprised of a group of surgeons trained in all areas of reconstructive surgery. We are committed to providing our patients the highest quality of care.

List of Surgeons


Chest Wall/Trunk
Problems of the chest wall or trunk may occur from a variety of causes, such as tumors, traumatic injuries, or infections after open heart surgery. Reconstructive surgery in this part of the body is meant to stabilize the rib cage or sternum, and to provide healthy tissue covering over crticial structures like the heart and lung.  Depending upon the specific circumstance, this may mean using synthetic mesh, or alternative biomaterial, and then covering it with vascularized tissue that is transferred from another part of the body.

Abdominal Wall
Problems of the abdominal wall may be due to trauma, tumors, hernias, etc.  Occassionally, reconstructive surgery may be required to restore the integrity of the abdominal wall fascia, muscle, or skin. This may include using synthetic mesh, or transferring vascularized tissue from another part of the body.  At the Stanford Cancer Center, we are using the latest biomaterials to reconstruct the abdominal wall.

Tumors of the pelvis, rectum,  peri-anal region, or perineum may lead to a significant defect after surgical removal. Reconstructive surgery in this part of the body often involves mobilizing tissue from the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks, and transferring it to the area of deficiency. Synthetic mesh or other biomaterial is often used to reinforce this area and prevent hernias from developing.

Genital defects may occur from cancer, traumatic injuries, or congenital anomalies.  There are methods to reconstruct the penis or vagina using a variety of surgical techniques. This may involve using tissues from the arm, abdomen, or thighs. Often the surgery is performed together with a urologist or gynecologist.

Defects of the upper or lower extremities may occur from a variety of causes, such as trauma, congenital anomalies or cancer. Reconstructive surgery is meant to restore the form and function of the affected limb. Often, tissue is transferred from one part of the body to another.

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